Social Security numbers of 1.3 million Chicago voters distributed to candidates

The Social Security numbers (SSNs) of 1.3 million Chicago voters were compromised when they were distributed to city aldermen and ward committeemen this month.

The whereabouts of six CDs containing the personal information, which were distributed by the Chicago Board of Elections, are unknown, according to a report this week in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The CDs contain personal information of 2.2 million active and inactive voters, according to the newspaper report, but only the SSNs of 1.3 million city voters.

Peter Zelchenko, an aldermanic candidate in the 43rd Ward, is suing the city, claiming the board violated the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act and seeking unspecified damages for all affected voters.

"You couldn’t have come up with a better threat for identity fraud if you had orchestrated it, Zelchenko told the Sun-Times.

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