Published: Tue, July 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Maricopa County voters' info will not be released to federal commission

Maricopa County voters' info will not be released to federal commission

Florida officials say they are considering a request for voter information from President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, also said his state would not comply.

IL has yet to receive an official request from President Donald Trump's commission looking into alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election, but it's drawing plenty of interest in the state nonetheless.

To fulfill the request, Frosh said, Maryland's board of elections would have to violate state law. The president lost the popular vote to his rival by almost 3 million.

State law also says a Maryland voter must submit to the State Board of Elections a statement signed under oath that the requested voter information will not be used for purposes unrelated to the electoral process.

In a statement, the Congressional Black Caucus said, "We have little doubt that if complied with, these letters - issued unilaterally without any vote or public discussion - would lead to an unprecedented, nationwide voter suppression effort".

"Repeating incessantly a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true", he continued.

Kobach "appears to be using his official role as head of the so-called Election Integrity Commission to promote his candidacy for governor of Kansas", Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement announcing the filings.

More than 20 states, including Kentucky, California and NY, have declined to provide some or all of the information, saying it was unnecessary and violated privacy. Kobach made the requests in letters to all 50 states. Beyond stupid? Or representing the privacy interests of Arkansas voters?

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

In Oklahoma, which Trump won in November by 36 percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton, election officials plan to hand over publicly available voter rolls but won't comply with requests for partial Social Security numbers.

Kobach has had legal troubles in the past in his battle against voting fraud.

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