At least 29 states are signaling resistance or all out rejecting to comply with the Trump administration’s request for voter registration data.
President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity has asked all 50 states to provide all publicly available voter roll data, going back through 2006, be sent to the White House by July 14 ahead of the panel’s first meeting.
Requested data includes names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers of all registered voters in an effort to look into voter fraud and other election irregularities.
The request was made by Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and the vice chairman of the commission, saying the commission intends to “fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.”
But both red and blue states are saying the request is unnecessary and unwarranted.
“I have no intention of honoring this request,” Virginia-Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement Thursday. He believes the commission is “politically motivated and silly posturing.”
Mississippi-Republican, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said told members of the commission to, “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico,” refusing to turn over any voter information.
Virginia and Mississippi are joined by Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin in pushing back against the commission’s request.
Nevertheless both Kobach and Trump claimed millions of people voted illegally in the November election. They have yet to provide any proof of their accusation.
Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”
Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017