44 States Won't Give Voter Info to Trump's Election Integrity Commission

 

There are now at least 44 states that say they won't give some voter information to President Trump's election integrity commission, according to CNN, with some states outright rejecting a request for information, while others saying they have no problem with providing information that's public.

The responses came after Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who's vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, created by an executive order signed by Trump in May, sent a letter to the states requesting a large amount of voter data, which he said would eventually be made available to the public. The information sought included registered voters' full names, addresses, birth dates, political parties, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they are registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas.

After both Republican and Democratic governors and secretaries of states objected, Kobach sought to clarify that he was only asking for information that's already public. However, CNN noted that the commission seems to misunderstand voter privacy laws nationwide, noting, for example, that the states said they can't provide Social Security numbers, and some said that birth dates and party affiliations are considered private.

Trump responded to the states' objections by accusing them of having sinister intentions, tweeting on Saturday: "Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?" Democrats, meanwhile, have lobbed accusations about the voter fraud panel, charging that its intention is really to disenfranchise voters or to try to validate Trump's evidence-free claim that he lost the popular vote by over three million votes because of voter fraud.

 

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