Trump Demands State Voter Data
Late last month the governors of all fifty states received a letter from the Trump Administration’s commission of “election integrity” requesting access to state voter rolls, “including [the] Social Security numbers, party affiliation, criminal backgrounds, and military history,” of individual voters. Most states rejected this overture: 20 outright refusing to turn over data, 25 offering only limited access, and 5 still silent on the issue.
Why This Matters
Proponents of federal oversight of state elections have long held that voter fraud — actual votes being cast by people not authorized to do so — is endemic in the American political system and that protecting democracy means ensuring that elections represent the will of people who actually have a right to vote.
Opponents of the request contend that the administration of elections is a state matter in which the federal government has little authority and further express concern that such detailed voter information could be used to suppress voter turnout and violate voter privacy.
Tell Congress (or your Governor) what you think!
Text RESIST to 50409 to tell your representatives what you think about this. Elite members of the Resistance can contact their state governor directly.
Where They Stand
No Information Released:
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
Partial Information Released:
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia
No Official Response:
Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Nebraska, and New Jersey