Trump's fraud panel wants SC voter rolls

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach right meets with then President-elect Donald Trump in November. Kobach is the source for Trump's belief that fraudulent voting by noncitizens cost him the popular vote

04 July, 2017

Myrna Perez, director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections project, said that some states require that only registered voters receive the kind of data requested by Kobach. 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 assistant attorneys general representing the State Board of Elections have considered the request to the Board for the personal information of millions of voters and have determined that the requested disclosure is prohibited by law", Frosh said in a statement.

Digital security experts say the commission's request would centralize and lay bare a valuable cache of information that cyber criminals could use for identity theft scams - or that foreign spies could leverage for disinformation schemes.

In Maryland, elections and voter registries are handled not by the secretary of state but by the board of elections.

Maryland waited until Monday to announce that the state would join the growing ranks of states that are rejecting the request.

"I denied the Obama Justice Department's request and I'm denying President Trump's Commission's request because they are both politically motivated", Schedler said in a prepared statement.

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The State Board does not provide Social Security numbers, dates of birth or driver license numbers, which are confidential under certain state and federal laws.

Gov. Henry McMaster, an early supporter of Trump's Republican presidential bid a year ago, believes the state should share voter information that is publicly available, his spokesman Brian Symmes said.

Trump established the commission to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 elections, but Democrats have blasted it as a biased panel that is merely looking for ways to suppress the vote.

Democratic officials in some states say they will not comply with the request because it's based on false fraud accusations. They immediately saw through what Trump's "election integrity" commission was trying to pull. After winning the Electoral College, the New York Republican argued he would have won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally". "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue". The secretary forwarded the request to the S.C. Election Commission. "There is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia".

Kobach has had legal troubles in the past in his battle against voting fraud.

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