Mayor Dean Calls for Metro-wide Data Security Audit

The names and social security numbers of every Nashville voter are in the hands of a suspected thief. Now Mayor Karl Dean wants a data security audit from all Metro departments by the end of next week.

Over the holidays, two lap top computers were stolen from the Metro Election Commission headquarters. The break-in occurred before Christmas, but police didn’t catch it until late last week.

Election administrator Ray Barrett says the laptops were being serviced and were not in their usual locked storage closet. It was first thought the laptops had just the last four digits of voters’ social security numbers. The Election Commission says now the full names and socials of all 337-thousand registered voters in Davidson County were on the computers.

It’s raised concerns about identity theft, a specialty of Nashville attorney David Raybin.

“It’s an identity thefts delight to have that kind of information and we’re all at risk because many times you have these social security numbers, but you don’t know where they’re from. Here you know by definition they’re coming out of Davidson County.” 

The Election Commission is sending out a letter to notify all affected voters. Raybin says they can’t do much more than closely monitor their credit and look for anything suspicious. City officials are building a Web site for voters to report potential fraud or identity theft.

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