Saturday, July 1, 2017

Indiana Secretary of State Won't Comply with Trump's Voter Fraud Commission Request for Voter Data

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (a Republican, needless to say) says that Indiana will not be able to comply with the request for data on voters that President Trump's Commission on voter fraud has requested from all states. Lawson says that state law allows her only to release the names, addresses, and congressional district of Hoosier voters. Kris Koback, the Kansas Secretary of State and vice chair of the commission, is requesting much more than that: birth dates, and social security numbers, voting history, law enforcement record, and political party of each voter.

About half the states have refused to cooperate with the request. The commission chair is Vice President Mike Pence. Ironically, Lawson is a member of the 16-person commission. The commission originates from President Trump's unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in 2016, a claim that secretaries of state (who are responsible for elections in their states) vehemently deny.

You can read more about Indiana's non-participation from NPR here and the Indianapolis Star here.