Another Conservative State Just Rejected Trump’s Request Of Voter Registration Data
On Monday, Louisiana’s Secretary of State Secretary of State Tom Schedler (R) announced his state is rejecting the Trump administration’s request to turn over voter registration data.
With the rejection, Louisiana joins several other states that have pushed back against the request for information.
“The President’s Commission has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release,” Schedler said in a statement.
“My response to the Commission is, you’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data, and if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law, to any candidate running for office. That’s it.”
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — formed by President Trump to investigate his widely debunked claim that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in November’s election — sent letters last week to the 50 secretaries of state across the country requesting information about voters.
The letter asked for names, addresses, birth dates and party affiliations of registered voters in each state. It also sought felony convictions, military statuses, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting records dating back to 2006.
A majority of states have pushed back or refused to comply with the administration’s request.
Maryland and Connecticut also announced today that they won’t comply with the President’s request — and did so in harsh terms.
In the Maryland statement, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said his office would not only refuse the administration’s request, but went further in calling their actions unconstitutional.
“The assistant attorneys general representing the State Board of Elections have considered the request to the Board for the personal information of millions of voters and have determined that the requested disclosure is prohibited by law,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise W. Sherrill said in a statement that while she was willing to provide “publicly-available information” to the commission, her office would ensure “the privacy of voters is honored by withholding protected data.”
“In the same spirit of transparency, we will request that the Commission share any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for,” Sherrill continued. “This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas.”
Trump’s “voter fraud commission’ is so an obvious deceptive scheme designed to rig the next election, that even his supporters in Conservative states are rejecting it.