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Maryland AG issues statement on request for information on voters

Maryland AG issues statement on request for information on voters

Maryland AG issues statement on request for information on voters

"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".

Kobach, who won't publicly say whether he believes Trump's false claim that 3 million people illegally voted in the 2016 election, was sanctioned by the courts in June for "deceptive conduct".

"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 Schedler in a written statement Monday (July 2).

Depending on the state, this may include voters' full names, dates of birth, felony conviction information and even the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number. Despite losing the popular nationwide vote, Trump's Electoral College victory put him into the Oval Office. And, it was recently confirmed by the report issued by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), comprised of the chief election officers of all 50 states. "The department will provide voter information consistent with state law but will not provide info protected by state law". Schedler, a Republican, joins a growing number of Republicans and Democrats across the US opposing the commission's request, which critics argue could lead to voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression, or a scuttle of the "motor voter" law in the National Voter Registration Act allowing people to register to vote through public agencies and programs. Many political campaigns, for instance, obtain such information for purposes of advertising and door-knocking.

Officials in 10 states and the District of Columbia said they would not comply at all with the request. The letter does not ask for private information, but rather public voter-roll information.

He called the request "politically motivated" and said he also denied a similar request for voter data during President Barack Obama's administration.

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State laws vary, but the request has also been met with pushback in other states.

In addition to Louisiana, states like California, Kentucky, and MS will not comply.

Trump created the commission through an executive order in May.

Maryland joined a number of states that will not comply with all or parts of the commission's data request because it does not comply with state law - including IN and Kansas, the respective home states of the commission's chair and vice chair.

"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great state to launch from", Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, said in a statement released Friday.

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