Maryland and CT joined the growing list of states refusing to comply with President Donald Trump's election integrity commission that many have accused of promoting voter fraud - and did so in harsh terms.
President Donald Trump fired off a tweet Saturday aimed at the growing number of secretaries of state resisting a broad request for data by his voter-fraud commission, including officials from deep red states whose support the controversy-laden White House can ill afford to lose.
"The WEC does not have the discretion to deny a request for the public information in the voter registration database if the required fee is paid".
Schedler was correct. What the Trump commission is attempting to do is a classic example of federal overreach, which is exactly why the vast majority of states both red and blue are rejecting the commission's request. A letter by Kobach was sent out to all 50 states and the District of Columbia asking for a range of voter information.
State laws vary, but the request has also been met with pushback in other states.
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The State Board does not provide Social Security numbers, dates of birth or driver license numbers, which are confidential under certain state and federal laws. After winning the Electoral College, the New York Republican argued he would have won the popular vote "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".
John Herrick of Okemos, a retired professor of social work at Michigan State University and a Democrat, said he's concerned about how the information will be used and said Johnson should seek voter input and consider refusing the request outright, regardless of whether the information is normally public. The commission purports to investigate voter fraud, which numerous studies confirm has not happened on the scales of "millions" as the Trump administration has suggested. Trump created the commission through an executive order in May. Officials from Kentucky, Virginia and NY, for instance, said they would not comply.
The most notable response against the Trump election fraud probe came from Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, who told the commission, "They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico".
Kobach has had legal troubles in the past in his battle against voting fraud. "With only two instances of confirmed voter fraud from the total voter turnout of 2,734,176 in the 2012 Presidential General Election, we can safely say that there is no evidence of coordinated or systematic voter fraud in Maryland".