"Cooley said the story began in late summer when the Secretary of State’s Office received a request from the Georgia Department of Revenue. The state agency, he said, wanted regular voter files plus something not given out to the public: voters’ Social Security numbers, birth dates and driver’s license numbers."
I can understand voter records including an address and birth date (verifying someone is old enough to vote and in the right precinct, and easier distinguishing between multiple people in a home with the same or similar name). But why do voter records need to include social security numbers and drivers license numbers? And why does the department of revenue need to see a list of voters? You should be able to vote without driving a car, social security numbers should only be used for social security and taxes, and voting shouldn't come with the threat of a government auditor showing up at your door. If the information isn't tracked and stored, then it can't be leaked or abused.