Louisiana won't give voter data to feds

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04 July, 2017

Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who serves as vice chairman of the commission, has requested data on voters, including names, birthdays, last four digits of Social Security numbers, and voting histories going back more than a decade.

The lawyers said the requested disclosure is barred by law. Woodhams could not immediately be reached Monday morning to say whether the request had arrived over the weekend.

The Commission limited its June 28 request to "publicly available voter roll data".

This request has drawn wide criticism from privacy and security experts who claim that the insecure collection and aggregation of such data is a threat to voters. Previous election commissions have tried to steer a less politicized course, and were often led by respected elder statesmen from both parties, he said.

A possible exception would be the social security number information, which Woodhams confirmed is not available to citizens and political operatives purchasing voter data information in MI.

"I have no intention of honoring this request", said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in a statement last Thursday. The voter has to submit a statement that the information would not be used for commercial purposes or purposes unrelated to the electoral process.

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Republished with permission of The Associated Press. Voters do not register by political party in MI and felons are not banned from voting in MI.

Many Democrats and voting rights groups say there are few, if any, credible allegations of significant voter fraud, and consider Trump's panel a sham. "There is no evidence that the integrity of the 2016 election in Maryland - or any other state - was compromised by voter fraud. What are they trying to hide?" he tweeted.

Dunlap said state law prevented the release of the information because it is considered confidential. 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.

Some of the nation's most populous states, including California and NY, are refusing to comply. State law doesn't contain any provisions for waiving the fee, he said.

Birth years are fair game, but Johnson says MI law puts a shield on Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers.


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