Georgia to release data to Trump election commission

Georgia to release data to Trump election commission

Georgia to release data to Trump election commission

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.

"Given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very hard to have confidence in the work of this commission", said Merrill, a Democrat and outgoing president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill said in a statement that Kobach "has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas", and that "given Secretary Kobach's history we find it very hard to have confidence in the work of this commission". Remember, Trump has said millions of illegal votes were cast for Hillary Clinton last November, though he has offered no proof.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his state will not provide certain information to the voter fraud commission for which he serves as the vice chairman.

"This commission was formed to try to find basis for the lie that President Trump put forward that has no foundation", Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told Reuters in an interview.

"If you take the whole country, I think it is probably in excess of a million, if you take the entire country for sure", Kobach said at the time.

Election law experts and civil liberties advocates told NBC News they were concerned about the panel's request and its implications for privacy and security and they suggested that the data could potentially be misused to lay the groundwork for voter suppression.

But in response to Kobach's letter, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Thursday that he would not provide sensitive voter information to the commission.

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Democratic election officials and voting-rights groups greeted the request with howls of outrage, with some secretaries of state saying they will refuse to comply with the commission's request.

"The context is that they're asking for the information that is publicly available, and we will provide the publicly available information - just like anyone in the state can grab a CD of it for 50 bucks", he said, sounding bemused at the controversy.

The commission will produce a report that will be provided to the president sometime next year.

In an executive order issued in May, Trump created the commission, to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence, to examine laws, policies and practices "that undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in federal elections" and to come up with recommendations to address what Trump called "vulnerabilities" in voting systems.

The Secretary of State's office says the information to be released will include voter's name, address, race, gender, the date they registered to vote, the precinct where they are now registered to vote, the date they last voted and the party they last voted for.

"Yesterday, my office received from the President's commission a request that I voluntarily produce significant amounts of information on almost four million Minnesotans who are registered to vote", Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement Friday.

California, Virginia, Kentucky and NY have rejected the call for data outright.

"It's rare but we work very hard to followup on instances to prosecute where appropriate", Williams says of voter fraud in Colorado. Former Gov. Pat McCrory conducted his own hunt for voter fraud after losing re-election last fall.

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