Ind. official won’t turn over voter data despite being on Trump’s voter fraud panel

Indiana’s secretary of state on Friday said her state won’t turn over requested voter roll data to President Trump’s commission on voter fraud, even though she is on the commission.

Connie Lawson joined at least 13 states in declining to hand over at least some of the data requested by the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

“Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach,” she said in a statement.

{mosads}“Under Indiana public records laws, certain voter info is available to the public, the media and any other person who requested the information for non-commercial purposes. The information publicly available is name, address and congressional district assignment.”

Lawson was named last month to the commission, which was tasked with reviewing alleged voter fraud and suppression.

While a growing list of states have resisted the panel’s requests, Indiana’s decision is striking, because Lawson is on the commission and because it’s headed up by Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of the Hoosier State.

Officials in more than a dozen states have announced they won’t turn over all of their state’s voter roll information to the panel. 

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is the commission’s vice chairman.

The panel on Thursday sent letters to all 50 states asking for voters’ names, birthdays, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their voting history dating back to 2006.

Trump established the commission in May to “promote fair and honest federal elections.” Its first meeting is set for July.

Trump has made unsubstantiated claims since his election win in November that “millions of people” voted against him illegally and he would have won the popular vote if it were not for voter fraud.

The White House on Friday called the refusal by state officials to turn over at least some of the data “a political stunt.”

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