Florida undecided on request from voter fraud commission

Hans von Spakovsky

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Condemns Action Undertaken Today by Election Integrity Commission

All states got a Wednesday letter from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, asking them to provide data publicly available under state laws on voter files, saying it will be made available to the public.

In a letter this week, the commission asked states for lists of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public.

State officials say the federal panel also has been requesting criminal felony conviction information about voters, which is not maintained by election agencies in NY and is not public. "It's not a public record". Kobach also established rules requiring people show proof of citizenship to vote (which is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union) and created Kansas' Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which crosschecks voter data to determine whether people are registered in more than one state.

Trump and his allies have said the Commission's work is necessary to prevent what they call widespread instances of voter fraud.

How can the Commission support state and local election administrators with regard to information technology security and vulnerabilities?

Alex Padilla, California's Democratic secretary of state, was the first to object to the request, releasing a statement Thursday vowing that he will "not provide sensitive voter information" to a commission that is pursuing "debunked claims of massive voter fraud".

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked all 50 USA states for information on individual registered voters and plans to make that data public. Evidence for that claim is exceedingly thin.

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He also said he plans to suggest the commission consider encouraging membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center and is a voluntary association of 21 states that share voter data to determine whether people might be registered to vote in more than one state. Pat McCrory's campaign and the North Carolina Republican Party based on identical names showing up on the rolls in multiple states, but elections boards rejected the protests. "Governor McAuliffe can not justify his actions here, given Virginia's track record of harboring thousands of non-citzen voters and his personal veto record that kept common-sense voter registration maintenance procedures from becoming law". "I have serious doubts about the commission's credibility and trustworthiness".

"We purchase voter rolls", said Robert Popper, senior attorney for Judicial Watch's election integrity project in Washington, D.C., a right-leaning group.

"I have no intention of honoring this request", said his statement responding to Kobach's letter.

The White House press office did not return a request for comment on this story. At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump's alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.

Kobach said the commission does not expect states to provide information that they do not make publicly available.

The letter also asks Williams a slew of questions, including whether he has any evidence of voter fraud or registration fraud in Colorado, or any suggestions for improving cyber-security - an issue that's risen to the forefront after Russia's alleged hacking of American voting systems previous year.

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