State to partially fulfill voter info request

Posted July 06, 2017

The request for voter data came from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of a presidential advisory commission on election integrity created by President Donald Trump.

It is an assertion the president has stuck by since winning the election in November and losing the popular vote by almost three million votes, and now, 44 states are refusing to supply President Trump's Voter Integrity Commission with sensitive voter information.

The election commission, officially headed by Vice President Mike Pence, is tasked with identifying voter fraud in America.

From the start, Trump's voter fraud commission was a complete sham built upon the tinfoil hat idea that the president only lost the popular vote because of illegal activity, even though there has never been evidence to support such a claim.

Some of the most populous and Democratic states have refused to comply, but so have some conservative states that voted for Trump. Trump alleged that millions had voted illegally, but so far those claims have been unfounded.

"At present, only 14 states and the District of Columbia have refused the Commission's request for publicly available voter information", Kobach said. The commission also is seeking the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers, which in many cases is also available via database services or public records.

While Wolf repeatedly criticized Trump and said "the commonwealth cannot share this information", he also notes that any citizen can purchase a public voter file online for $20.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno oversees New Jersey's elections office, but her spokesman Ricky Diaz said she removed herself from those duties while she is running for governor to replace fellow Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who is term-limited.

But as the commission begins its work, its requests for information from states has been met with a firewall of opposition and noncompliance.

The law states that before collecting information from the public, federal agencies must solicit public comments and received approval from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The information isn't available or is protected under privacy laws.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity last week sent letters to all 50 states asking them to turn over comprehensive lists of registered voters including partial Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver license numbers for every voter in the state.

The president, sadly, hasn't gotten the message; he's now questioning what states are trying to hide.

"I believe that a person's voting record, voter information is their business", said Lewis. But some voters are going to great lengths to prevent it from being shared with the commission.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, said fraud is rare, and "We do not want any federal intervention in our state's right and responsibility to conduct elections".

Delaware Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock said his state would not be "a party to this disingenuous and inappropriate campaign against one of the nation's foundational institutions", according to a statement released Monday.