The letter did not explain what the commission will do with the information, but asked states to deliver the data by July 14 and said everything would be made available to the public.
In a June 28 letter, Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asked for names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security information, voting history and military status, among other information.
Kobach, who is also the Kansas Secretary of State, has a history of being concerned about voter fraud, according to the Kansas City Star.
President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission has asked every state to provide personal data on all registered voters going back to 2006- and some states are not happy about it.
But Dunlap, a Democrat, agreed to join it in May, saying while he expects the commission to find little evidence of fraud, his attitude about serving was “that if you’re not at the table, you’re on it”. Voter advocacy groups say such comparisons are prone to error and worry that the effort will result in legitimate voters being purged from the rolls.
He was referring, presumably, to Trump’s repeatedly debunked claims that Hillary Clinton only won the popular vote in the 2016 election due to millions of illegal votes. Its stated objective is to recommend ways to improve the public’s confidence in the integrity of elections.
California and Virginia on Thursday refused to comply with the request, and CT said it would withhold protected data.
On Thursday, Democratic officials in California and Virginia said they will not comply because the letter is based on false notions of widespread voter fraud.
Connecticut’s secretary of state, also a Democrat, reacted the same way.
“Given Secretary Kobach’s history we find it very hard to have confidence in the work of this commission”, said Merrill, a Democrat and outgoing president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
The commission, which has yet to meet, has been viewed with suspicion from the start by civil rights groups, which think it will be used to justify measures – such as strict ID requirements – that will make it more hard to vote.
The letter was published on Twitter by Vanita Gupta, a former head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, who is now President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “This bipartisan commission will review ways to strengthen that integrity in order to protect and preserve the principle of one person, one vote”, Pence told the committee, which is set to have its first meeting on July 19, in a call on Wednesday. It also asks how the commission can help with information technology security and vulnerabilities, a growing concern after reports of widespread Russian efforts to hack into USA election systems previous year.