Florida undecided on request from voter fraud commission

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Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton but has alleged, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally. Despite losing the popular nationwide vote, Trump's Electoral College victory put him into the Oval Office.

"The President's Commission has quickly politicized its work by asking states for an incredible amount of voter data that I have, time and time again, refused to release", said Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

The panel is requesting the personal information of voters in all 50 states. The Commission said it sent a letter to every state last week, requesting publicly-available voter information.

But many secretaries of state appeared to view the request differently.

Myrna Perez, director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections project, said that some states require that only registered voters receive the kind of data requested by Kobach. Schedler says voter information like Social Security numbers, birth dates and mother's maiden name should remain private.

This request has drawn wide criticism from privacy and security experts who claim that the insecure collection and aggregation of such data is a threat to voters.

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, also said his state would not comply.

Trump created the commission through an executive order in May.

On Friday, Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator Michael Haas issued a statement regarding the request.

Added Fontes: "Particularly from these folks, I want something in writing that says that they're not going to use [the information] for any other objective as delineated in the statute". Larry Hogan of "silently playing footsie with President Trump". But even Wolf noted that, like any other citizen, the commission can purchase a public voter file from Pennsylvania.

A Hogan administration spokeswoman has said the State Board of Elections is independent from the governor's office.

Kobach has had legal troubles in the past in his battle against voting fraud. This Commission needs to understand clearly, disclosure of such sensitive information is more likely to diminish voter participation rather than foster it.

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