Like other states, Minnesota received a letter from President Donald Trump'sElection Integrity Commission on Thursday requesting detailed information about state voters, including their party information and ten years of their voting history.
According to the letter, secretaries of state have roughly two weeks to hand over voter information, such as dates of birth, the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers and any information about felony convictions and military status.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will will not turn over information about NY state voters to a federal election panel that President Trump created to study possible voter fraud in last year's elections.
Democratic officials in some states say they will not comply with the request because it's based on false fraud accusations.
Korbach told the Kansas City Star that all the voter data would be stored on secure government servers and cross referenced against federal databases to weed out fraud. But The White House has moved quickly to find and uproot fraud, with Trump signing an executive order May 11 to establish the advisory commission.
How can the Commission support state and local election administrators with regard to information technology security and vulnerabilities?
In California the Secretary of State, Democrat Alex Padilla, said participating "would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach".
Senator Fred Akshar, a Binghamton Republican who is chairman of the Senate elections committee, said Friday that privacy and personal information about voters "must be respected and prioritized". Grimes also offered a sharp rebuke of Trump in her statement, calling the president's voter-fraud claims a "lie".
"By law, most of the information in Wisconsin's voter registration system is public and is available for purchase, and is commonly purchased by political parties, candidates, researchers and other organizations".
Election officials and lawmakers from at least five states called out Kobach's request.
But the letter seeks only publicly available data, and under North Carolina law most of what was requested is readily available via the state's online system. He is the only secretary of state in the country with the power to prosecute people for committing voter fraud. "The concern is that this is going to be used to justify regressive and disenfranchising federal law", said Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the NYU Law School's Brennan Center, in an interview.
"The President's commission has requested the personal data and the voting history of every American voter - including Californians", Padilla said.
Vanita Gupta, CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and former head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, said on Twitter that the letter is "laying the groundwork for voter suppression, plain & simple".
Read Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's full response to the election commission's request, shared in an email with TPM from her office, below. He's also responsible for pushing a widely discredited study about alleged noncitizen voting habits that Trump cites as grounds for his delusion that millions of individuals voted illegally in the 2016 election.