Nearly 3,500 Colorado voters cancel registration over Trump voter fraud probe
Nearly 3,500 voters in Colorado as of Friday have canceled their voter registrations over the state’s decision to turn over public information to President Trump’s voter fraud commission.
Thousands of Colorado voters have withdrawn their registrations since January, citing distrust of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and an unfamiliarity with how much voter information is already public under law, The Denver Post reported Friday.
In a statement, Colorado’s GOP secretary of state said he hoped the thousands of voters who withdrew their voter registrations would reconsider.
“It’s my hope that folks who withdrew their registration will re-register, particularly once they realize that no confidential information will be provided and that the parties and presidential candidates already have the same publicly available information from the 2016 election cycle,” Wayne Williams said in a statement to The Denver Post.
In June, President Trump’s commission on voter fraud sent a letter to all 50 states and the District of Columbia demanding publicly available information about voters.
The letter requests all “publicly-available voter roll data including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, [and] voter history from 2006 onward.”
The request has many states up in arms, with most refusing to hand over parts or all of the data requested by the commission.
“My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, said in response to the commission in June.
Commission chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach fired back, asking states what they had to hide.
“Frankly, if a state like Kentucky or California won’t provide available information, one has to ask the question, ‘Why not?’ ” Kobach said last month.
“I mean, what are they trying to hide if they don’t want a presidential advisory commission to study their state voter rolls?” he asked.
Trump tweeted a similar question in the following week.