Michigan SOS limits voter data provided to Trump panel

Our View: Kobach's demand for voter records smells fishy

President Donald Trump fired off a tweet Saturday aimed at the growing number of secretaries of state resisting a broad request for data by his voter-fraud commission, including officials from deep red states whose support the controversy-laden White House can ill afford to lose. She says some basic voter information has been public for decades, including registrations and election participation history.

MI will treat the request from the Trump commission "just like any other Freedom of Information Act request", department spokesman Fred Woodhams said Monday, noting the state will charge $23 for the data, just as it does for "routine" requests by political parties, candidates and news organizations. "Its request for voter information, such as social security numbers, serves no legitimate goal and only raises questions on its intent".

Repeating incessantly a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true. "What are they trying to hide?"

Maryland joined a number of states that will not comply with all or parts of the commission's data request because it does not comply with state law - including IN and Kansas, the respective home states of the commission's chair and vice chair. Some of the data the Trump commission has requested is publicly available, but the president's commission will have to purchase it from Louisiana like political parties do if it wants to review it, according to Schedler's office.

However, some of the nation's most populous states, including California and NY, are refusing to comply. A letter dated Wednesday to S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond was retrieved Monday and forwarded to the S.C. Election Commission, which oversees voting in the state, The secretary of state in most states run elections.

Officials in 10 states and the District of Columbia said they would not comply at all with the request. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue". State statutes permit the WEC to share confidential information in limited circumstances with law enforcement agencies or agencies of other states.

"Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections", said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

"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.



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