Utah 'Wary' Of Data Request By Trump's Voter Integrity Commission

Myrna Perez, director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections project, said that some states require that only registered voters receive the kind of data requested by Kobach.

"Disclosure of some of the information encompassed by your request may be prohibited under State and/or federal law", Linda Lamone wrote.

But many secretaries of state appeared to view the request differently.

In the Maryland statement, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said his office would not only refuse the administration's request, but went further in calling their actions unconstitutional.

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In May, President Trump established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a response to critics who had challenged him regarding his unsubstantiated claims that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the November election, costing him the popular vote.

State laws vary, but the request has also been met with pushback in other states.

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.

Even in Kansas, where commission vice chairman Kris Kobach is secretary of state, a spokeswoman said the last four digits of Social Security numbers are not publicly available under Kansas law and would not be handed over.

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Schedler says voter information like Social Security numbers, birth dates and mother's maiden name should remain private. Beyond stupid? Or representing the privacy interests of Arkansas voters? The commission purports to investigate voter fraud, which numerous studies confirm has not happened on the scales of "millions" as the Trump administration has suggested. Powell said of a Washington Post article that listed Arkansas among states that would "partially" comply: "Apparently, the Washington Post is drawing its own conclusions, as we have not spoken with them".

In Maryland, leading Democrats, including Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentez and almost 50 members of the General Assembly, condemned the commission's work. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue".

No concrete evidence has been found across the country to back the president's voter fraud allegations that he blames for failing to win the popular vote.

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