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The White House on Friday bashed a number of state governments for refusing to turn over voter data to President Trump's commission on voter fraud.
“I think that’s mostly a political stunt,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at an off-camera briefing.
Officials in more than 10 states have announced they won’t turn over all of their state’s voter roll information to the panel.
The pushback came a day after the commission 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.
Sanders claimed the commission is “asking for publicly available data,” despite the request for Social Security information, and questioned why “these governors wouldn’t be willing to turn that over.”
“This is something that’s been part of the commission’s discussion, which has bipartisan support, and none of the members raised any concern whatsoever,” she said.
Officials in New York, California, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Virginia have said they will not turn over any voter data to the commission.
Other officials in Connecticut, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, North Carolina, Indiana and Iowa said they would only turn over public information on voter rolls, but wouldn't share private information.
The White House set up the panel to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud made by President Trump and others, despite a lack of evidence to back them up.
Critics say the commission is a cover for state governments to enact voter suppression measures.