Large majority of states defy Trump's 'fraud' commission requests

All states so far responding to the request say they cannot release Social Security numbers and many refuse to release any information that is not already publicly available.
By James Smith | Jul 05, 2017
As many as 44 states are refusing to comply with the Trump administration's request for detailed personal information about their voters.

Last week, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission Election Integrity, sent a letter to all 50 states asking for, among other things, voters' names, addresses, dates of birth, drivers license numbers, and last four digits of social security numbers, according to a report by Slate. The request also seeks information about the elections each person voted in since 2006.

All states so far responding to the request say they cannot release Social Security numbers and many refuse to release any information that is not already publicly available.

A number of major newspapers came out with Independence Day editorials sharply critical of what President Trump himself has called a "voter fraud panel."

"The White House says the commission's goals are lofty," wrote the Chicago SunTimes. "But all signs indicate it really is just looking for any scrap of information that might support Trump's unfounded claim that millions of people illegally cast ballots in 2016, which would further efforts to suppress the vote in future elections."

The editors at USA Today said Trump administration should focus on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election rather than baseless allegations of illegal voting.

"For the most part, President Trump has been in denial about Russian meddling, as if acknowledging the problem threatens the legitimacy of his election," wrote the editors, "and has focused instead on unproven allegations of extensive voter fraud."

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