Crime victims get address confidentiality in 7th Midwest states

Ohio has become the latest Midwestern state to adopt a “Safe at Home” law, which allows the survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and other violent crimes to shield their home addresses from public records. Under HB 359, which took effect in September, these crime victims can get a P.O. Box assigned to them by the secretary of state.

As a result, when they register to vote, register a vehicle or complete governmental forms, their home addresses will not be disclosed via searches of public records. Participants in the program will have their mail redirected to their home addresses on a daily basis by the Ohio secretary of state’s office.
For voting purposes, each individual will be issued a unique identification number that can be used to request and cast an absentee ballot. The new law also establishes procedures for how state and local election officials should handle and process ballots in order to ensure the information from program participants is not compromised.
Close to 40 U.S. states now have some kind of address-confidentiality program in place, including Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Stateline Midwest: September 20162.31 MB