Maryland will not forward voter data to Trump's voter integrity commission

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           Trump’s Latest Power Grab Voter Suppression and How the States Are Fighting Back
     
     
       By KJ Mc Elrath

Louisiana will not comply with a request from President Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity to hand over data on Louisiana voters. "What are they trying to hide?" Schedler, a Republican, joins a growing number of Republicans and Democrats across the US opposing the commission's request, which critics argue could lead to voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression, or a scuttle of the "motor voter" law in the National Voter Registration Act allowing people to register to vote through public agencies and programs.

"I see some problems with the request, if it's identical to what was sent to other states", Menzel said.

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that no state had so far said it would provide all of the requested data - which includes data kept in some states, but not in others, such as party affiliations and felony convictions.

The objective of Trump's voting commission is to push back against voter fraud.

Richard Hasen, a law professor and election expert at the University of California, Irvine, said Blackwell was widely criticized in 2004 for rejecting votes cast on paper that he determined was not the proper weight.

Texas law prohibits the release of Social Security numbers.

A spokesperson for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan told KTAR in an email she has not received the commission's letter. Fred Woodhams said voter lists are public record under state law, and the department has no authority to deny voter data.

However, some of the nation's most populous states, including California and NY, are refusing to comply. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue". The commission "at worse is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression", McAuliffe said. "This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November". There is no other plausible use for this type of information. Some state officials are afraid that providing the data will undermine voters' trust in the way they're administering elections, she said.

"People should know that voter lists in MI and across the country are public record under state law and have been for decades", Woodhams said Friday.

Frosh also said he finds the request repugnant and it is an effort to indulge Trump's "fantasy" that he won the popular vote.

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