Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is refusing to comply with a request from President Trump’s voter fraud commission to turn over the personal information of all registered voters, calling the commission a “sham,” and saying the request “should alarm every American.”
Grimes took to Twitter on Friday to make it clear that she would not “release sensitive data” about 3.2 million Kentuckians to the federal government.
— Alison L. Grimes (@AlisonForKY) June 30, 2017
“Despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election,” Grimes said in a statement. “Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.”
The chair of Trump’s voter fraud commission sent a letter to all 50 states requesting the names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, political affiliations, and voting history of every person on their voter rolls.
The letter directs the states to turn over “publicly-available voter roll data including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, [and] voter history from 2006 onward.”
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also rejected the commission’s’ request for the sensitive data.
“I have no intention of honoring this request,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia in a statement. “Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia.”Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said in a statement that he has “no intention” of fulfilling the request, defending the fairness of his state’s elections. He also blasted the commission in his statement, saying it was based on the “false notion” of widespread voter fraud in the November presidential election.
He also denounced the commission in his statement, saying it was based on the “false notion” of widespread voter fraud in the November presidential election.
“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 stated.