Georgians Wary Of Handing Over Election Data

Elias Hubbard
July 28, 2017

Georgia will not share information considered private under state law such as registered voters' driver's license numbers and Social Security numbers.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap's office said Thursday that a second request for state voting data from President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission raises concerns about the panel's work.

Kobach's new request follows Tuesday's ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denying a privacy advocacy group's request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the commission from receiving the voter information, one of several legal actions filed against it.

Trump has also set up a voter-fraud commission headed up by Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state whom the ACLU dubbed "the king of voter suppression".

However, Kobach's second request says identifiable voter information won't be made public - only summarized - and will be deleted by the federal government when the panel is done.

The initial request for data prompted a swift backlash from both Republican and Democratic officials.

Alex Padilla, a Democrat who serves as California secretary of state, reiterated that he would not hand over any data under any circumstances. Almost half of Trump voters, 49 percent, said the GOP nominee won the popular vote, despite the fact that he earned almost 3 million fewer votes, a poll released Wednesday by Morning Consult/Politico found.

"Once again, the President's sham election commission has requested California voters' personal data". "The commission's new request does nothing to address the fundamental problems with the commission's illegitimate origins, questionable mission or the preconceived and harmful views on voting rights that many of its commissioners have advanced".

Kobach has been inconsistent in what he has told state officials about how the commission will secure the data it wants and what would be released to the public. Many states said they would provide the information that was already publicly available.

The commission was created in May by Trump through executive order to study "vulnerabilities" in the American election system. The FEC said that Trump won 304 electoral votes to Clinton's 227. Kobach and other commissioners have said voter fraud is a problem and pushed for more restrictive voting policies, something critics say signals that the panel will not undertake a neutral study of US elections.

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