States Defying Trump Request for Voter Data
Commission on voting fraud wants voter histories, party affiliations, more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2017 8:09 PM CDT
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Department of Energy in Washington, Thursday, June 29, 2017.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud during the 2016 election is asking states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses, and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public, the AP reports. A letter sent Wednesday from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asks secretaries of state to provide about a dozen points of voter data and respond to questions about fraud and election integrity. Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton but has alleged, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally.

On Thursday, Democratic officials in California and Virginia said they will not comply because the letter is based on false notions of widespread voter fraud. Missouri's Republican secretary of state says he is happy to assist.

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