04 July, 2017
Tennessee's top elections official says state law doesn't allow him to release the voter information requested by a commission appointed by President Donald Trump to probe allegations of voter fraud. ElectProject.org says it would cost just over $125,000 in fees for a US citizen to get voter data from every state they are legally able to, but that would still leave them a few states short. 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.
The Maryland board had sought advice from state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) on how to respond to the unprecedented request, which was made last week.
The good people at Democracy North Carolina are pointing out on the group's Facebook page that North Carolina officials are actually doing the right thing when it comes to the Trump administration's request for state election data.
Frosh said he found the request "repugnant", and that "it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump's fantasy that he won the popular vote". "That's why it is protected by six federal laws and two state laws". The president lost the popular vote to his rival by almost 3 million. Officials on the panel said they planned to compare the state records to databases of undocumented immigrants and legal foreigners in order to determine if large numbers of unqualified voters are participating in US elections. "We don't think it's really necessary for the commission to spend any of their energy looking into that here".
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"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 to Gambit.
Trump launched the commission in May via an executive order.
The most notable response against the Trump election fraud probe came from Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, who told the commission, "They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico".
Officials in 10 states and the District of Columbia said they would not comply at all with the request. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue".