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Frosh Calls Voter Data Request 'Repugnant,' Says Complying Would Break State Law


But a spokeswoman for Detzner said the agency was reviewing the request.

Now, a blanket data request to all 50 states by that commission, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, has drawn some bipartisan backlash from state officials who oversee elections.

Other information requested by the commission would not be readily available on the public list.

Dunlap said state law prevented the release of the information because it is considered confidential. The voter has to submit a statement that the information would not be used for commercial purposes or purposes unrelated to the electoral process. The commission asked for information including names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters.

"We understand concerns about voters' privacy". Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen is proposing emergency legislation to make sure the D.C. Board of Elections is not required to give the president's commission any voter data.


Democratic officials in some states say they will not comply with the request because it's based on false fraud accusations. Those states are California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia. The only reason why the administration would want sensitive personal information on voters was so that they could carry out a voter purge.

He said the state routinely sells the information to political parties, candidates and researchers. Overseas or military voters can also request a ballot be sent out of state ahead of an election, but that also wouldn't be noted on their registration information.

"The bigger the purse, the more effort folks would spend to get at it", said Joe Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a digital advocacy group.

"Being that Kobach is a the secretary of state, I'm baffled about the problem he has given his fellow secretaries of state", Perez said.

"We'll see what the law requires us to provide and not to provide", Whitmire said. "I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant; it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump's fantasy that he won the popular vote".

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