Trump's voter data haul draws increasing resistance


Many states - for example, Virginia - say the commission and its motives are political.

"Wisconsin statutes do not permit the state to release a voter's date of birth, driver license number or Social Security number".

"People should know that voter lists in MI and across the country are public record under state law and have been for decades", Woodhams said Friday. "There is no evidence that the integrity of the 2016 election in Maryland - or any other state - was compromised by voter fraud".

The Commission said it sent a letter to every state last week, requesting publicly-available voter information. Officials from Kentucky, Virginia and NY, for instance, said they would not comply. Trump over the weekend asked in a tweet what they had to hide.

"The WEC does not have the discretion to deny a request for the public information in the voter registration database if the required fee is paid".

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More than half the states, including some controlled by Republicans, have said they will not comply with the request for data. Officials on the panel said they planned to compare the state records to databases of undocumented immigrants and legal foreigners in order to determine if large numbers of unqualified voters are participating in USA elections.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued a statement that said the commission "can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from", adding "Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state's right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes".

Now, a blanket data request to all 50 states by that commission, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, has drawn some bipartisan backlash from state officials who oversee elections. The voter history indicates participation in previous cycles, not how they voted.

Frosh said he found the request "repugnant", and that "it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump's fantasy that he won the popular vote". However, Secretaries of State, who are not part of the DoD, likely don't trust those certificates and would have a broken HTTPS connection.

"We really don't have anything to act on at this point because we haven't gotten a request from anyone", said the lawyer, Ken Menzel.