Texas will give public info to Trump voter fraud commission

Maryland AG issues statement on request for information on voters

"The release of private information creates a tremendous breach of trust with voters who work hard to protect themselves against identity fraud".

Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Johnson, said Friday that MI had not yet received the request for statewide voter data, including names, addresses, voting histories, and the last four digits of social security numbers.

For more on this, I spoke with Tomas Lopez with the Brennan Center for Justice, who says the request is pretty unprecedented.

The timing could hardly be worse.

Trump tweeted his frustration with these states on Saturday. The Trump administration appointed Maryland's Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda, a former Baltimore County school board member with little-to-no elections experience, to the 15-member, unpaid, bipartisan panel. "We'll abide by the law as necessary, but we want to make sure these requests are legitimate". "It is common for political parties and candidates to obtain voter info.", he said.

"There are two things going on here", Hasen said.

Jealous used the issue as an opportunity to accuse Republican Gov. "To people on the left, this is simply not a credible commission".




Several states have already said they legally can't or won't comply - either fully or partially - with that request.

But many secretaries of state appeared to view the request differently. Data that is available will have to be paid for.

"Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections", said Governor Terry McAuliffe. The commission "at worse is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression", McAuliffe said.

With Donald Trump or with Arkansas voters?

Other critics say the ultimate aim of the voter fraud commission is to convince Congress to rescind all or part of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, which made it easier for Americans to register to vote and to maintain their voter registration. There is no other plausible use for this type of information. "He's handing them both a legal and a political problem of significant proportions".

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican who helped draft the letters to every state that requested the voter data, told the Kansas City Star that he won't be turning over Social Security data to the White House.

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