Three states join others to refuse Trump commission’s voter data request

The states of Maryland, Delaware, and Louisiana have joined the expanding list of U.S. states that have refused to hand over voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity established by President Trump to investigate possible voting fraud, Reuters reports.

The commission sent a letter to the 50 states asking them to turn over voter information including names, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and voting histories. Over 20 states, including Virginia, California and  New York declined the requests saying they found it unnecessary and violated privacy.

The commission was set up in May by President Trump after making claims that millions of people voted illegally for his Democratic opponent former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 elections.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement that his office had advised the State Board of Elections that the commission’s request was illegal and called the request “repugnant”. He added that the request “appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote. In the same vein, Secretary of State Louisiana Tom Schedler said the presidential commission could purchase the limited information legally available to candidates running for office.

In the same vein, Secretary of State Louisiana Tom Schedler said the presidential commission could purchase the limited information legally available to candidates running for office.

“You’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data,” he said in a statement. He said in a tweet on Saturday, “What are they trying to hide?”

Trump tweeted his annoyance at the state refusal, he wrote;”Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”.

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