MI likely to comply with presidential voter data request

Posted July 04, 2017

State-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating whether there was voter fraud in last year's election. Mississippi's Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said last week that he had not yet received the letter, but said the commission should "jump in the Gulf of Mexico".

Also mute to date is former state Rep. David Dunn, now a lobbyist, who was named to the commission thanks to his friendship with Martin and, in turn, Martin's friendship with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, mastermind of the plot.

"Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL", Trump tweeted of officials from more than 20 states who so far have questioned the panel's request. Trump has claimed - without evidence - that between 3 million and 5 million people voted illegally previous year.

A number of other states are also refusing to hand over voter information.

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". Powell said of a Washington Post article that listed Arkansas among states that would "partially" comply: "Apparently, the Washington Post is drawing its own conclusions, as we have not spoken with them".

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

Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said the agency will "consider the request carefully and determine how to respond".

Some of the nation's most populous states, including California and NY, are refusing to comply.

Jealous used the issue as an opportunity to accuse Republican Gov.

The committee, which has called the federal panel a "dog whistle for voter suppression", said Monday that there's ample evidence that Kobach is using his vice-chairmanship of the voting panel, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence, to boost his run for governor.

Critics have accused Trump of forming the commission looking into possible voter fraud because he has said he lost the popular vote only because of illegal voting.

"To date, there are no cases in which it has been determined that an individual who cast a vote in the federal elections held in November 2016 was legally prohibited from doing so.", Frosh wrote.