States refuse to submit voter data to Trump "voter fraud" commission

As of Friday, officials from 20 states said that their states do not intend to hand over the data.
By Leon Clarke | Jul 03, 2017
The White House is facing pushback from a growing number of states over its demands to submit data of their registered voters to a Trump administration-appointed commission looking for evidence of voter fraud in last year's election. As of Friday, officials from 20 states said that their states do not intend to hand over the data.
The officials include Democratic lawmakers from California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia. But there are also Republicans spurning the requests for voter data, as well, including GOP lawmakers from Mississippi and Oklahoma.
"In the event I were to receive correspondence from the Commission ... My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from," Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, said in a Friday statement.
The commission, which Vice-President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are jointly heading, asked all 50 states and the District of Columbia to give it the names, birth dates, party affiliations, and last four digits of every Social Security number for all of their registered voters. It is to use the data to analyze the U.S. election system and look for evidence of fraudulent votes or registrations.
President Trump claimed had occurred on a massive scale in the 2016 election but never offered substantive evidence for these allegations. Some lawmakers suspect that the commission's intent is not to improve voting but to make it more difficult for certain types of voters to register to vote.
"They've clearly reached their conclusions already and have set up a commission to try to justify voter suppression measures being made nationally. It's pretty shocking, the data request of a lot of personal information," Alex Padilla, California's Democratic secretary of state, told The Hill.


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