Removal request policy

Calm, sensible persons will kindly remember that we must also address a few hot-headed crazies.

REMOVED ID NUMBERS


What’s the big idea building a website without my permission?
We did not need your permission to build a website.

What gives you the right to put MY information on it?
You do not own the information. It is public information. In a free country, everybody can freely communicate true facts lawfully obtained from a public record. Read on for the removal request option.

What about my right to privacy?
By definition, public information is not private. This is all public information the State sends to anybody who orders it. Click here.. Read on for your removal request option.

You better remove it now or I’ll sue you.
We get that all the time. They speak with a lawyer, and reality sets in. Public information is not private. To play nicely with the other children in the sandbox, we offer a removal request policy. You might want to join a class action lawsuit with the lady in the video below.

I strongly object to this public information being so easily available to the public.
You might get better results if you tell somebody that cares. Click here.

I’m a cop and I want “my” information removed right now.
We have received a number of notarized requests in the mail, where the voter openly admitted to being a cop, and we removed the information anyway. Everybody gets the same service.

I only want part of the record removed.
No partial removals. We need to keep track of which ones must not be included when the site is updated, and partial removals would require more work.

Think about it: Canceling your voter registration removes your information from future editions of the voter list, the same way canceling your telephone service removes your information from future editions of the telephone directory, but not from past editions, and you cannot stop librarians from sharing those past editions. Once information is public, it is public forever.


Perhaps this would be a good time to tell you about Rhode Island’s Address Confidentiality Program. Click here and then scroll down. Perhaps your failure to apply is what got you here. If the State did not provide the information we would not be displaying it.

To play nicely with the other children in the sandbox, we provide for a way to request removal. We cannot stop the State from providing the same information to everybody else, including other webmasters. Everybody has a right to know this public information.
Option One: NEW: At 22:31 UTC on 14 April 2015, we started testing a web form that allows the voter to request removal. It is on your individual detail page (desktop, not the mobile-friendly page). Scroll down to the bottom.

We have discovered a problem, during this test. If you used the online submission form before 9 January 2016, and your name still appears on the site, the form did not work. We think this problem is corrected.




Option Two: Download the .rtf or .txt file, get it notarized so we know it is really you, and mail it to Tom Alciere, 67 Technology Way, Nashua NH 03060 U.S.A. You must spell the webmaster’s name (Tom Alciere) correctly.

Regular mail works best. We will not spend time chasing to the post office or private carrier to sign for your request if the webmaster does not happen to be present when the carrier arrives. However, if certified mail makes you feel important, assertive or powerful, go for it. It is your money.

It is your voter ID number that will be flagged as not to be included in updates, so as long as you have the same voter ID number, the request applies. If you register again and get a different voter ID number, send in a new request.

Perhaps you would like to join a class action lawsuit with the lady in the video.



Any comments should be directed to We do not honor removal requests sent via email and we do not check emails often.