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Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The office of Georgia Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp posted an Excel file Wednesday containing personal information about voters who mailed in absentee ballots, including addresses, names, and whether they are elderly or disabled. The file is publicly accessible for download.

Why it matters: People trust the government to restrict access to this information, but it didn't in this case. Secretaries of state are not restricted from divulging this information (with the exception of giving it to commercial entities), but making it readily available online makes it much easier for anyone — not just those approved by a secretary of state's office — to access this personal, sensitive information.

To be sure: What Kemp's office did is different from a group that sold personal voter information on dark web channels last month. That information was, for the most part, publicly available beforehand, but the nefarious outcome in that case was that the group was seeking to sell the data.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.