Dem officials in 28 states refuse to comply, defy Trump commission investigating voter fraud

President Trump’s investigation into voter fraud is meeting roadblocks as Democratic state officials are refusing to comply with the inquiry.

Democrats in at least 28 states are resisting requests by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for the “voter roll data” it is seeking in the investigation of alleged voter fraud, Fox News reported.

Trump claimed that 3 million to 5 million people illegally voted in the 2016 presidential election and launched the investigative panel in May by executive order. Every state received a letter this week from Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and vice chair of the committee, to ask for voter registration data and ideas on how to improve election integrity.

“I have no intention of honoring this request. Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia,” Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe fired back in a statement Thursday.

The former Democratic National Committee chairman denounced the commission as a creation based on the “specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November.”

While Kobach’s letter requested only “publicly-available voter roll data” under each state’s laws, Democrats were up in arms about handing over records that include voters’ names, dates of birth, political party, voter history, felony convictions, military status and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.

“At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression,” McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton family ally, said, adding that he would not  “divert resources” to cooperate.

Promising that “the privacy of voters is honored by withholding protected data,” Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said in a statement that her office would partially comply “in the spirit of transparency.” State law would prevent sharing some of the requested data, Merrill said, adding that state officials “have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for.”

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his state would not “perpetuate the myth” of voter fraud by complying with the federal government.

On the other coast, California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla defied the president’s commission, declaring he would “not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.”

“California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach,” Padilla said, according to Fox News.

Things were the same in Kentucky where Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, despite the state’s Republican governor, said she does “not intend to release Kentuckians’ sensitive personal data to the federal government.”

Kobach dismissed claims by Democrats that the voter information would be misused and pointed out that the bipartisan commission, chaired by Vice President Pence, is simply seeking to weed out any irregularities for future elections.

Rep. Sean Duffy criticized the refusals as a movement by leftists who, after months of crying over Russian interference in the U.S. election, are now pushing back on the president’s attempts to look into the voting system.

 

Duffy, who spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The Story” Friday, did qualify that he is not advocating a handing over of private information to the federal government, but believes there are ways to “isolate that information, look at it, then destroy it.”

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