Officials in 27 states have rejected a request for voter information from President Trump’s voter fraud commission.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to all 50 states on June 28, requesting registered voters’ names, addresses, dates of birth, partial social security numbers, political party, voter history, felony convictions, and whether voters have registered in more than one state.
The commission’s letter was followed by a separate letter sent from the US Justice Department, which requested for all states to disclose how they maintain their voter rolls and notified states that all voter data submitted would be made available to the public. The letters also called for a response from the secretaries of state no later than July 14.
On the evening of June 30, officials in five states — California, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut — replied that they would not comply with the commission’s request for voter roll data.
As of Saturday, the number has continued to grow to include at least 27 states, with North Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, New Mexico, Vermont, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Montana, Arizona, Iowa, Texas and Kansas, all refusing to comply with the commission’s request or claiming they will only provide what is permissible under state law.
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo posted on Twitter: “NY refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election. We will not comply with this request.”
Another Democrat, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, sent Kobach a letter saying, “I have serious reservations about the true intentions of this effort in light of the false statements this administration has made regarding voting integrity, the historical suppression of voting rights, and the way that such data has been used in the past.”
Wolf also wrote that Kobach is “welcome to purchase” the public voter file from the Pennsylvania Department of State for $20.
Here’s my full letter to the Trump administration’s Kris Kobach denying his request for personal information of every registered PA voter. pic.twitter.com/ZKo8yqC11f
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 30, 2017
Michael Haas, an administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, followed in Wolf’s footsteps, calling for publicly-available voters’ names, addresses, and voting history to be purchased for $12,500, reports the Washington Examiner.
The Presidential Advisory Commission panel was appointed by President Trump after he repeatedly expressed concerns that illegal aliens may have voted in the 2016 presidential election, a claim that has been rejected by Democrats.
The special commission is set to hold its first meeting in D.C. on July 19, said a statement from Pence’s office.
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