Trump lashes out as states rebuff voter data request

President Trump blasting U.S. states who are refusing to submit voter data for a Trump White House probe into his unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2016 elections. Alva French reports.
President Trump calling out U.S. states who are refusing to give his administration sensitive voter data for a Trump White House probe into his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2016 election.

Trump tweeting Saturday: "Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?"

That panel known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states requesting voter information including names, the last four digits of social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, political affiliation, felony convictions and voting histories.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe blasting the request:

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH): GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE (D) - VIRGINIA saying:

"This is an outrageous violation of citizens privacy rights. We will not let Donald Trump and right wing extremists use this as some covert plan to get data to make it harder for people to vote. We won't stand for it!"

McAuliffe is joined by election officials in more than 20 red and blue states including New York, Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, and Massachusetts, who say they won't provide the data - citing privacy concerns.

The data request came from Kris Kobach, the Commission's Vice Chair, who also serves as Kansas Secretary of State. He's known for his hardline stance on tougher laws on immigration and voter identification. But, he may have trouble complying.

Local media quoted Kobach as saying, his own state of Kansas may not turn over social security numbers because they are not publicly available, even though he did not rule it out in the future



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