Feds Drop Request For Voter Info After Push-Back from States
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Jul 13, 2017,
Jul 13, 2017, 0:26
And Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, the steward of the state's voter data, said he will not provide birth dates or Social Security numbers to the election commission. The emphatic rejections are based on concerns over federal intrusion into states' affairs and huge technical difficulties in complying, not to mention the commission's transparent objective.
"This commission was created to justify the president's baseless claims that there is rampant voter fraud in the country".
Most U.S. states have rejected full compliance, which many called unnecessary and a violation of privacy. Other states will provide data to the commission, but will withhold the partial Social Security numbers. She said, "As with any request for public records, we are required to comply pursuant to state law regardless of who is making the request".
If the President wanted to look at the voter rolls and registration of every American, why won't he show the public his own documents related to the Commission, Ho asked. The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make it illegal to share voter information that is not publicly available with a presidential commission. "Everybody agrees that what they're trying to do is really about voter suppression", he said.
The Trump Commission said it would reconsider asking again for voter information after a judge rules on a restraining order. The Commission said it would not use the "SAFE" system to collect personal data. His statement notably was issued through the White House, which itself has been under fire for its skimpy and nonresponsive evasions to White House reporters' verbal inquiries to the president on multiple news developments. Adams is a board member of the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative group for which he has led lawsuits against jurisdictions with large minority populations, seeking to force the purging of voter rolls. Although it's too bad it took filing lawsuits to halt the process. Both states have said they refuse to comply with the commission's request. That comes after the plaintiffs in the lawsuits sought to add the Department of Defense as a defendant in the case.
"The circumstances surrounding the creation of the commission - as well as its current makeup and the lack of transparency that's been sort of the hallmark of the commission so far - has been extremely alarming", Lin Lakin said. If the judge gives the go-ahead, the sensitive voter data will instead be held on a secure White House server that was set up Monday evening.
Kobach last week labeled news accounts of the states' pushback against the sweeping request as more "fake news", echoing Trump in the ongoing war of words with much of the mainstream news media. Larger states could cost even more.
"The individuals on the commission raise some troubling questions as to the balance, the views that will be expressed", ACLU staff attorney Sophia Lin Lakin said in a phone interview.
Trump launched the commission after repeated-but unsubstantiated-claims of widespread voter fraud. The motion argues that this stands against federal Motor Voter Law, which says states must have simple voter registration options at motor vehicle offices.
The commission has already held an initial meeting without public notice, and it will not permit the public to attend its next meeting on July 19.