MA election officials won't comply with White House voter roll request

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Action Undertaken Today by Election Integrity Commission

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Action Undertaken Today by Election Integrity Commission

Connecticut's secretary of the state says her office plans to comply in part with a request for voter information from President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election. His letter also stated that "any documents submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the general public".

It also commissioned two outside firms to poll non-citizens about their voting habits using drivers' license information and other data, and it asked the Department of Homeland Security to compare a list of suspected non-citizen voters against its list of naturalized citizens.

In those cases, first and last names can be released, but only the year of birth - and not the date. He will be turning over what's public, just like he would if anyone asked, he said.

Several readers reached out yesterday with a good question: do states really have to turn over all of this data to an absurd commission led by voter-suppression proponents?

"There was no objections raised in the organizational call to asking for this information and beginning the fact-finding process", said Lotter about the controversy in response to the letter. He's a pal of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin. It is deeply troubling that he has been given oversight of this commission by the President. He also said he knows of an instance of someone pleading guilty to voting in Kansas and Colorado.

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.

Not everyone feels that way.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, both Democrats, criticized the election panel in separate statements explaining why their states denied the request.

There is evidence of isolated voter fraud, but it's nowhere near the millions of false votes the administration is anxious about.

Last month, Trump breezed past more pressing issues like helping American AIDS/HIV sufferers and established a new committee to combat nonexistent voter fraud. Colorado's Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, declined to comment for this story through a spokesperson.

Academics who have studied the issue for decades say voter fraud - particularly of the type that strict ID laws championed by Kobach and others are meant to combat - is vanishingly rare, and that voter ID requirements are a burdensome solution. "How secure will this be?"

"It's a huge privacy concern", said Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. It will get voters' names, party affiliations and a record of what elections they voted in, though not whom they voted for. He is the only secretary of state in the country with the power to prosecute people for committing voter fraud. In return, she asked Kobach to share any memos or additional information from commission meetings because the group has not been open about its mission.

In-person voter fraud is extremely rare in the United States.

The group was formed in response to Trump's claims that almost three million unlawful votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election, causing him to lose the popular vote.

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