Protecting Virginia Election Integrity from Doxing
Our elections will only be secure when every American citizen can exercise their God-given right to vote without fear.
Despite America’s strong election integrity and anti-voter intimidation laws, a new voter intimidation strategy has risen in recent years. The act of “doxing” has become prevalent as a means to harass others who disagree with one’s political views. Doxing is the act of publicly revealing previously private personal information about an individual or organization, usually through the Internet.
Doxxing has been used against local election officials in past elections, resulting in death threats against them and their families. Many of them had to go into hiding. Though these people live outside the public eye and were only trying to fulfill their civic duty as poll workers, their lives have been turned upside down.
House Bill 3134 was recently introduced in Virginia that would make it illegal to share a person’s personal information with the intent of threatening or intimidating someone, or as part of an effort to incite violence against them. Such restricted information includes Social Security numbers, unlisted telephone numbers, credit card numbers, a driver's license number, and a home address. The crime would be a misdemeanor.
Protecting election integrity has always been a priority for Virginia, and it must continue to be. That’s why this important legislation outlawing doxxing as a means to intimidate voters from going