Boards of elections shall keep confidential the date of birth of every voter-registration applicant and registered voter, except in the following situations:
(1) When a voter has filed notice of candidacy for elective office under G.S. 163-106, 163-122, 163-123, or 163-294.2, or 163-323, has been nominated as a candidate under G.S. 163-98 or G.S. 163-114, or has otherwise formally become a candidate for elective office. The exception of this subdivision does not extend to an individual who meets the definition of "candidate" only by beginning a tentative candidacy by receiving funds or making payments or giving consent to someone else to receive funds or transfer something of value for the purpose of exploring a candidacy.
(2) When a voter is serving in an elective office.
(3) When a voter has been challenged pursuant to Article 8 of this Chapter.
(4) When a voter-registration applicant or registered voter expressly authorizes in writing the disclosure of that individual's date of birth.
(5) When requested by a county jury commission established pursuant to G.S. 9-1 for purposes of preparing the master jury list in that county pursuant to G.S. 9-2.
The disclosure of an individual's age does not constitute disclosure of date of birth in violation of this section.
The county board of elections shall give precinct officials access to a voter's date of birth where necessary for election administration, consistent with the duty to keep dates of birth confidential.
Disclosure of a date of birth in violation of this section shall not give rise to a civil cause of action. This limitation of liability does not apply to the disclosure of a date of birth in violation of this subsection as a result of gross negligence, wanton conduct, or intentional wrongdoing that would otherwise be actionable. (2004-127, s. 17(a); 2013-166, s. 1.)
Last modified: March 23, 2014