Last week, the voter fraud commission established by President Trump sent a letter to all 50 states asking for voting records, including birth dtes, social security numbers, and voting history, which includes party affiliation. Within days of this request, states were refusing it, citing privacy laws in their state.
The commission, which is led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was established by President Trump after he made numerous unsubstantiated claims that around 3-5 million people illegally voted in the 2016 election that he won over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. President Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes, but won the electoral collage.
Most states have informed the commission that they will refuse the request, with almost all of them citing laws that prohibit the release of sensetive information. Other states said that they would give the bare minimum, which is already available to groups who pay a fee for access. Political parties routinely use this information to create voter databases.
One problem that has been pointed out is the fact that the commission asked for the information to be transmitted over an email server that is unprotected, leading some to worry about the potential for hackers to steal the information.
Kobach, who is the Kansas Secretary of State, refused his own request, citing Kansas laws which limit the amount of information that can be distributed, a curious development.
Over the weekend, President Trump weighed in on states refusing the request, saying on Twitter “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”
His claims about illegal voting have been unsubstantiated, and appear to be made up as an excuse for him not winning the popular vote.
President Trump is overseas this week, giving a speech in Poland before attending a G20 summit, where he will meet with Russian President Vladamir Putin.