In pursuing the collection of a money judgment it is vital to conduct a thorough post judgment investigation. Voter registration records can be quite helpful in answering some of a judgment creditor’s questions. Post judgment investigation of a judgment debtor and his assets can be facilitated by simply accessing the debtor’s voter registration records.
Voter registration records may be obtained online in many areas of the United States. I find that when it is practical to personally go to the office of the voter registrar (or whatever agency is the keeper of these records) the information I seek can be easier to access. Due to ever increasing efforts to protect personal privacy in this country, it is not always as easy to gain online access as it is in person.
Frequently I find that an online search of this information will require me to provide personal identifiers of my judgment debtor that I may not yet have uncovered. For example, many online searches will require me to provide the person’s
- date of birth,
- social security number (sometimes one only needs a redacted social),
- driver’s license number (sometimes redacted), or
- residential address, or the like.
If the reason I am looking for this info is to secure the same data that I need to access the records in the first place, then I am out of luck.
Fortunately all online voter records searches do not require such an extensive amount of information from me as some other online searches.
If the online records search only requires that I provide the name and address or only the name and date of birth, I may already have enough information to gain access to the debtor’s voter records. Bingo!
The types of information available from voter id records varies by state or jurisdiction. Typically the information that can be gleaned may include
- my debtor’s complete legal name,
- maiden or former name,
- telephone number,
- work telephone number,
- driver’s license number,
- state identification number,
- social security number,
- place of birth,
- current home address,
- current mailing address,
- address where the person was last previously registered to vote,
- race or ethnicity,
- and gender.
Some of the data may be redacted.
I prefer to go to the Board of Registrars Office in person when seeking voter records. I take with me a record of my court judgment as well as adequate personal identification of myself. My experience is that I can usually gain access to the voter registration record by personally requesting it. The manner in which I present myself and my request goes far in gaining the cooperation of the staff at the Registrar’s Office.
If necessary, a person seeking access to these records could fork over the necessary fees to issue a subpoena for these records. That is rarely necessary. But I wouldn’t hesitate to mention a subpoena to an uncooperative clerk if it helped me gain access to the records I am seeking.
Remember, what I want to see is the actual voter registration form that my debtor filled out. Sometimes a single bit of critical information can be uncovered from a voter registration form that will make a world of difference in the success of a post judgment investigation.
Happy hunting, my friend!