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Anti-GMO campaigners post Maui voter information online

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:56 p.m. HST, May 14, 2014

WAILUKU » A group gathering signatures for an initiative to ban genetically modified organisms on Maui is being criticized for posting private voter information on its website.

The group, called SHAKA Movement, told the Maui News that it did not intend to make the information public. The group says it wants to share the information with people gathering signatures to get an anti-GMO county initiative on the November ballot.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said he received complaints and saw his own voter information posted online. The posted information included voters' addresses.

"I don't think this was a deliberate attempt to not obey the laws," Antone said. "I think they made a mistake, and they corrected it very quickly."

The group's use of the voter data, intended only for use by its petitioners, is a "legal use," Douglas said. The list was purchased in February from the Maui County Clerk for $50, he said.

SHAKA spokesman Bruce Douglas blames pro-GMO bloggers for hacking into the group's computers to make the voter information public.

"They have their snoops. They have their spies," Douglas said.

SHAKA also was criticized for paying petitioners $5 for each signature they gathered. Organizers were trying to reward their hard-working volunteers with the payments, Douglas said.

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kekelaward wrote:
So, any clown with $50 can get this list from the county clerk? Maybe they should change the law to protect this Personal Identifiable Information.
on May 14,2014 | 08:26PM
popoki wrote:
The group said they didn't intend to make it public, and then went on to accuse "pro-GMO hackers"? ...The mature thing to do is own up and take responsibility, not make up lame/paranoid excuses.
on May 14,2014 | 08:58PM
wiliki wrote:
Either way they are responsible. Let's not play the finger pointing game....
on May 15,2014 | 12:08PM
shee26 wrote:
What a honest bunch of folks! Kind of like they say it is a "local grassroots" movement. Sure. All funded from the good old island of California.
on May 14,2014 | 09:51PM
st1d wrote:
acorn, alive and frauding.
on May 14,2014 | 10:14PM
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