John Merrill questions Donald Trump voter data request

The order came months after Trump claimed without evidence that millions had voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.In short, it is illegal in MA to give away certain information that President Trump is asking for.About 40 states have said they’ll reject the information request in whole or in part. That information – which includes voter names and addresses, birth dates, party affiliations if available, voting histories and the final four digits of social security numbers – would be stored and made publicly available, a practice EPIC’s lawyers said was “without precedent and insane”.Meanwhile, intelligence officials at the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency have all expressed “high confidence” that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 election to damage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and elect Trump.Kobach has advised President Donald Trump on immigration and election fraud issues and is vice chairman of a presidential commission on voter fraud.Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan has done an about-face and now says the state won’t provide extensive voter registration information to the Trump administration. “My response to the Commission is, you’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data, and if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law to any candidate running for office”.The Washington-based group had asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to halt the information gathering until the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity meets its obligations, and to order destruction or return of any data already collected. Others said they consider information such as birth dates and party affiliations to be private.Oklahoma, a historically red state that voted overwhelmingly for Trump, will provide almost all the information requested, save for one bit: Social Security numbers.”Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL”, Trump responded in a July 1 tweet.”They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from”, Delbert Hosemann, a Republican and the Mississippi Secretary of State, said in a statement last week, adding the state has the right “to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes”. “What are they trying to hide?”Williams said people asking him to not turn over the records or to make it harder than necessary for the commission to get this information are asking him to violate the law, and he can’t do that.CNN contacted all 50 states, and only three-Colorado, Missouri, and Tennessee-confirmed they would assist the commission’s investigation.Furthermore, this comes at a time when Republicans have sought to defund the Election Assistance Commission, a truly bi-partisan Commission.A spokesperson for the Justice Department declined to comment on the litigation, though the DOJ’s response to the request for a TRO is due Wednesday afternoon. “Kris Kobach and the commission on its findings and offer our support in the collective effort to enhance the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the elections process”.