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The skinny on NC and Trump's request for election data

04 July 2017

MI will provide publicly available voter data to President Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity but will "certainly not go beyond what is legally required" by providing any protected personal information, according to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office. Overseas or military voters can also request a ballot be sent out of state ahead of an election, but that also wouldn't be noted on their registration information.

While the data request resonates with long-held Republican claims about illegal voting, the panel - and by extension, the White House - suddenly finds itself on what usually sympathetic state officials say is the wrong side of the issue of states' rights.

In a statement, Frosh rightly points out that Donald Trump created the so-called Election Integrity Commission, led by Mike Pence, to "indulge" his fantasy that he actually won the popular vote - which he most assuredly did not.

Commission members may want to discuss and vote on the request, as some of the requested information is not part of South Carolina's normal voter roll.

Maryland waited until Monday to announce that the state would join the growing ranks of states that are rejecting the request.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked for voter data including names, addresses, party affiliation, voting history and partial social security numbers. "This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas".

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Calling the request "politically motivated", Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he will protect voters' information from the Trump administration just as he did earlier from the Obama administration. In addition to the voter information, the letter asks state officials for suggestions on improving election integrity and to share any evidence of fraud and election-related crimes in their states.

Trump launched the commission in May via an executive order.

"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 statement released Friday.

Officials in 10 states and the District of Columbia said they would not comply at all with the request.

"To date, there are no cases in which it has been determined that an individual who cast a vote in the federal elections held in November 2016 was legally prohibited from doing so.", Frosh wrote.

The skinny on NC and Trump's request for election data