Forty-one states have refused Kobach’s request for voter information
Washington, DC (CNN) Forty-one states have questioned the Trump administration’s request for private voter information, according to a 50-state CNN poll.
State leaders and polling stations across the country responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation – to totally reject the request to express readiness to provide public information.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice president of the Presidential Advisory Commission for Integrity of Elections that President Donald Trump created by executive order in May, sent a letter to all 50 states on Wednesday asking for a multitude of election data That the notes were made available to the public.
The order came months after Trump has stated without evidence that millions had voted illegally during the 2016 presidential election when states began expressing concerns about the legality of their administration’s efforts to investigate fraud voters, Trump has Called Saturday on Twitter in question if they were hiding something.
The information requested by the Committee includes the full names of registrants, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their Social Security number, a list of elections voted since 2006, information on Serious convictions, information about them being registered to vote in other states, their military status and whether they lived abroad.
The letter from the vice president twice only asks for “public” publicity information and Kobach clarified the details of his application Friday: “Each state receives the same letter, but do not ask if he is not available the public,” said the star of Kansas City.
But the commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, did not seem to understand the laws that protect voter rights across the country. Each state that answered said they could not provide Social Security numbers, for example. Others said they considered information such as birth dates and party affiliations were private.
On the other hand, Kobach asked the States to provide information through an online portal. Many states have rejected this specific request, noting that the Commission must submit a request for information to voters through established state websites, as any other party would.
On Monday afternoon, three states – Florida, Idaho and Nebraska – still review the commission’s request. Three other states – Hawaii, New Jersey and Wyoming – did not return CNN’s request for comment.
And while seven states are still waiting for a letter from the Commission, four of them – New Mexico, Michigan, South Carolina and West Virginia – have already vowed not to provide private voter information.
Only three states – Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee – have welcomed Kobach’s attempt to investigate electoral fraud in their respective states.
“We are happy to request information before making decisions,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican. “I hope other federal agencies are asking people for their input and information before making decisions.”