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CT joins Maryland in hammering Kobach commission for illegally requesting voter data

December 16 2017, 10:39 | Irvin Gilbert

CT joins Maryland in hammering Kobach commission for illegally requesting voter data

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach right meets with then President-elect Donald Trump in November. Kobach is the source for Trump's belief that fraudulent voting by noncitizens cost him the popular vote

The commission asked secretaries of state to provide names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliations and last four digits of social security numbers belonging to registered voters in each state. Trump over the weekend asked in a tweet what they had to hide.

Secretary of State Tom Schedler announced Monday that he based the decision on "a long-standing, consistent belief" that voter information should be protected by the states.

"I see some problems with the request, if it's identical to what was sent to other states", Menzel said. Going all the way back to 1860, and the election of Abraham Lincoln, Republican state officials have engaged in efforts aimed at decreasing the ability of younger voters, Black Americans, Latinos, and other Americans more likely to vote for Democrats from exercising their right to vote.

Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting says if the voter fraud commission hopes to prove that thousands of Americans voted a few times in the last election, it will fail.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican serving his third term, said in a statement he had not received the commission's request. The state isn't allow to give out people's Social Security numbers, for example.

In addition to Louisiana, states like California, Kentucky, and MS will not comply.

Dunlap said state law prevented the release of the information because it is considered confidential.

Jealous used the issue as an opportunity to accuse Republican Gov. The commission "at worse is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression", McAuliffe said.

This imagined voter fraud problem, coupled with his incompetence as an attorney, shames our secretary of state office.

"Maine citizens can be confident that our office will not release any data that is protected under ME law, to the commission or any other requesting entity", Dunlap said in a statement.

Trump's national commission was formed to investigate allegations of USA election fraud. The voter history indicates participation in previous cycles, not how they voted. "He's handing them both a legal and a political problem of significant proportions".

"We really don't have anything to act on at this point because we haven't gotten a request from anyone", said the lawyer, Ken Menzel.



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