Saturday, 15 December, 2018

SC Election Officials Receive Voter Data Request

Connecticut to limit voter information it sends to federal panel STATEMENT FROM THE NAACP ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON ELECTION INTEGRITY, AND ITS ATTEMPT AT VOTER
Kelvin Reese | 04 July, 2017, 01:15

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says he will not release Mainer's personal information data to the President's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity as has been requested of him. The requested information includes full names, addresses, birth dates, political party and, most notably, the last four digits of Social Security numbers.

Since the election, President Trump has repeatedly talked about voter fraud - falsely saying that millions of illegal votes had been cast.

Indeed, even Kobach, who also serves as the Kansas Secretary of State, can not fully comply with his own request, because Kansas doesn't make social security numbers publicly available.

"Wisconsin statutes do not permit the state to release a voter's date of birth, driver license number or Social Security number".

Several states have rebuffed the commission's information request, arguing the Trump administration is perpetuating a "myth" that voter fraud played a significant role in the 2016 election.

"Secretary of State Kobach is a registered voter in Kansas", Effingham said in a statement. State statutes permit the WEC to share confidential information in limited circumstances with law enforcement agencies or agencies of other states.

A spokesperson for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan told KTAR in an email she has not received the commission's letter.

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Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton but has alleged, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally.

For more on this, I spoke with Tomas Lopez with the Brennan Center for Justice, who says the request is pretty unprecedented.

"We really don't have anything to act on at this point because we haven't gotten a request from anyone", said the lawyer, Ken Menzel.

Trump launched the commission in May via an executive order. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue. We will do everything in our power to resist this call, and we'll continue to lead the fight for the historical gains we've made for African Americans, and for all citizens at the ballot box", said Leon Russell, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors.

The response came from Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh, rather than Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican.

Experts who study voter fraud agree that it's rare.

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