Louisiana Joins States Refusing to Release Voter Data

Posted July 04, 2017

This data included the submission of names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers, party affiliations, voting patterns, records of felony convictions, military service and more. Woodhams could not immediately be reached Monday morning to say whether the request had arrived over the weekend.

This Commission needs to understand clearly, disclosure of such sensitive information is more likely to diminish voter participation rather than foster it.

While a lot of states are "being very loud about refusing... they'll be doing what MI is doing, which is providing the information that, under their state's Freedom of Information Act, has to be provided", Woodhams said.

A possible exception would be the social security number information, which Woodhams confirmed is not available to citizens and political operatives purchasing voter data information in MI. But a spokeswoman for Detzner said the agency was reviewing the request. But the law won't let him divulge the information sought.

Officials in several states, including Mississippi, California, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Minnesota, have said they will deny the request; other states have said they would grant it only in part.

"Repeating incessantly a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true", Frosh said. Trump attacked them on Twitter Saturday, saying "Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?"

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"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 Secretary of State Tom Schedler.

"I suspect he's going to perhaps use it in some way to purge voter rolls - Trump seems to be obsessed by that", Herrick said.

According to Schedler's statement, the Obama Justice Department requested voter information because it believed Louisiana was not registering recipients of state benefits with "sufficient vigor".

In a statement, the Congressional Black Caucus said, "We have little doubt that if complied with, these letters - issued unilaterally without any vote or public discussion - would lead to an unprecedented, nationwide voter suppression effort".

"Maine citizens can be confident that our office will not release any data that is protected under ME law, to the commission or any other requesting entity", Dunlap said in a statement.