Alabama turning over voter names, birthdays, voting history to federal election commission

Donald Trump smiles

In Maryland, the secretary of state is not involved in elections.

"The context is that they're asking for the information that is publicly available, and we will provide the publicly available information - just like anyone in the state can grab a CD of it for 50 bucks", he said, sounding bemused at the controversy. He's a pal of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Dunlap, a Democrat, agreed to join it in May, saying while he expects the commission to find little evidence of fraud, his attitude about serving was "that if you're not at the table, you're on it".

This meritless inquisition opens the door for a misguided and ill-advised Commission to take steps to target and harass voters and could lead to the purging of the voter rolls. "We understand that. And that is entirely up to each state".

Several states, such as California, Kentucky, and Virginia, said they would not honor the request.

Not everyone feels that way.

Read Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's full response to the election commission's request, shared in an email with TPM from her office, below. California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach.

"No", Rhode Island would not comply with the government's full request, Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said in an interview on MSNBC. This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November. Colorado's Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, declined to comment for this story through a spokesperson.

"That's perfectly fine", Kobach said Friday when asked about states that would provide names but withhold other information. "How secure will this be?"

In fact, officials in a variety of states - Connecticut, California, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Kentucky, among others - have already said they have no intention of providing Trump's panel with this information. Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center have warned that the commission will be a distraction from these laws, which they say are the biggest voting-related problem of our time. She worries that could be an underlying point of the whole effort. This has raised the aspect of the commission being politically motivated and has raised allegations of it being akin to voter suppression.

His efforts to impose strict laws on voter registration and voting in Kansas have been met with multiple lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The voting commission has started to begin its work, with its organizational call this week and a scheduled first meeting July 19. Four of those states have Republican officials handling voter registration. He's also responsible for pushing a widely discredited study about alleged noncitizen voting habits that Trump cites as grounds for his delusion that millions of individuals voted illegally in the 2016 election.

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