CNN reports that Forty-four states have refused to give certain voter information to Trump commission. And the remaining six?
As of Tuesday afternoon, two states – Florida and Nebraska – are still reviewing the commission’s request. Another two states – Hawaii and New Jersey – have not returned CNN’s request for comment. And while six states are still awaiting a letter from the commission, four of them – New Mexico, Michigan, South Carolina and West Virginia – have already pledged not to provide voters’ private information. The other two of those six states, Arkansas and Illinois, have not released statements ahead of receiving the letter.
The basis for the commission is suspect: “Three state leaders also raised doubts about the integrity of the commission itself, and many questioned the existence of widespread voter fraud.”
CNN has a list of the positions taken by the states.
My home state responded:
North Dakota: In an email to CNN Friday, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said: “We will answer those questions on the survey that North Dakota law allows us to answer.”
My adopted state had a somewhat stronger response.
Arizona: “We will only make available the same redacted information that is available to the general public through a public records request,” Secretary of State Michele Reagan said in a statement Friday. “Social security numbers, Date of Birth and identifying information such as Mother’s maiden name will not be transmitted. Arizona’s voters can expect to have their personal information remain private and safe.”
Some states expressed their concerns about the real purpose of the commission rather strongly. For example:
Minnesota: “I will not hand over Minnesota voters’ sensitive personal information to the commission,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement Friday. “As I’ve said before, I have serious doubts about the commission’s credibility and trustworthiness. Its two co-chairs have publicly backed President Trump’s false and irresponsible claim that millions of ineligible votes were cast in the last election. They, along with other recent appointees, appear to have a strong interest in steering the commission toward their predetermined conclusions and outcomes. I fear that the commission risks becoming a partisan tool to shut out millions of eligible American voters.”