Nevada will supply public data and comply with voter fraud probe

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California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a former State senator from Pacoima, said Thursday he won't turn over the names and addresses of California voters requested by the Trump Administration.

Simon said he serious concerns and about the commission's "credibility and trustworthiness". "I have serious doubts about the commission's credibility and trustworthiness".

State Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, called the panel a "voter suppression commission".

Earlier Jason Kander, head of the Democratic National Committee's Commission on Protecting American Democracy, said in a statement that the letter from the Trump administration demanding information related to the voter IDs to be handed over, was disconcerting. Missouri's Republican secretary of state says he is happy to assist.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, said his state would share only public information and would do so "if we are convinced that the overall effort will produce the necessary results" to accomplish the commission's goal "without compromising the integrity of the voter rolls and the elections process in Alabama".

A letter from Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud and other irregularities, is drawing fire from some state election officials.

"The context is that they're asking for the information that is publicly available, and we will provide the publicly available information - just like anyone in the state can grab a CD of it for 50 bucks", he said, sounding bemused at the controversy.

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Under federal law, each state must compile a statewide voter database. He is the only secretary of state in the country with the power to prosecute people for committing voter fraud. While the files are technically public record, states usually charge fees to individuals or entities who want to access them. Party affiliation isn't included in that list of uses.

Trump has claimed repeatedly, with no evidence, that he would have won the popular vote in the presidential election if not for massive election fraud.

Cooper said: "Integrity of our elections is critical, and a recent State Board of Elections investigation already found there was no evidence of significant voter fraud in North Carolina". One expert, according to reporter Jessica Huseman, was especially skeptical of Kobach, who has spent years focusing on voter fraud in his current role as Kansas' secretary of state.

Civil rights and voting rights advocates were also concerned. "The concern is that this is going to be used to justify regressive and disenfranchising federal law", said Myrna Pérez, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the NYU Law School's Brennan Center, in an interview.

The commission did not respond to a request for comment.

With so much flashy news out there this week (let's be honest, every week lately), it's tempting to focus on those stories, and not on the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of a commission that hasn't even met yet. Kobach has made it a central issue of his tenure and has achieved nine voter fraud convictions.

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