ME law could stymie Trump fraud panel's request for voters' personal info

Mass Voter Suppression Feared As Trump 'Election Integrity' Panel Demands Personal Info On al All U.S. Voters

ME law could stymie Trump fraud panel's request for voters' personal info

"Secretaries of States need to have frank conversations with their lawyers about the privacy and other implications of complying with Kobach's extensive request", said Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program. Within 24 hours of the letter being sent to states this week, officials in 10 of them said they would refuse to comply with the request.

In an email, Dunlap spokeswoman Kristen Muszynski said the secretary of state "will review the request" for voter information and if it's granted, the commission "would have to follow all the provisions" of state law around the file, known as Maine's Central Voter Registration.

"It's obviously very concerning when the federal government is attempting to get the name, address, birth date, political party and Social Security number of every voter in the country", he said in a statement. Today's action underscores the fact that the Election Integrity Commission is operating in a reckless manner and its activities threaten to have a chilling effect on minority voters.

Mass Voter Suppression Feared As Trump'Election Integrity Panel Demands Personal Info On al All U.S. Voters
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A Trump administration letter requesting data from all 50 state's voting rolls has put some states and voting rights advocates on edge after many were already wary of the aims of the President's commission on voting.

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.

"There was no objections raised in the organizational call to asking for this information and beginning the fact-finding process", said Lotter about the controversy in response to the letter.

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However, Kobach's letter also seeks recommendations from state officials on other issues, including how to prevent voter intimidation and disenfranchisement.

Under federal law, each state must compile a statewide voter database.

Padilla, a former State senator from Pacoima, also said California's participation would only serve to legitimize what he called "the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach".

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The letter does not say how Kobach or Vice President Mike Pence, the commission chair, plan to use the information or how they will keep it secure.

California voters cast 10.3 percent of all votes in the 2016 Presidential election, the most of any state. And last week, "a federal judge fined him $1,000 for making "patently misleading representations" about documents he took to a November meeting with Trump that relate to federal voting law as part of an ongoing voting rights case". He's also responsible for pushing a widely discredited study about alleged noncitizen voting habits that Trump cites as grounds for his delusion that millions of individuals voted illegally in the 2016 election. ".With only two instances of confirmed voter fraud from the total voter turnout of 2,734,176 in the 2012 Presidential General Election, we can safely say that there is no evidence of coordinated or systematic voter fraud in Maryland".

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