Black lawmakers press state officials to resist voter data request

Black lawmakers press state officials to resist voter data request
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The Congressional Black Caucus is urging state officials to ignore the Trump administration’s request for states' voter registration data, citing voter suppression and privacy rights.

“We have little doubt that if complied with, these letters — issued unilaterally without any vote or public discussion — would lead to an unprecedented, nationwide voter suppression effort,” the Congressional Black Caucus wrote in a letter to the National Association of Secretaries of State.

"The fact that the Pence-Kobach commission is being led by individuals with a known and notorious history of voter suppression severely compounds our concerns,” the Friday letter continued.




The group also raised concerns about the request’s potential to undermine voters’ privacy rights.

“The breadth of information requested, including name, address, birth dates, political party affiliation, voting history, Social Security numbers, and military status, among other personal information, is not only overwhelming, but chilling from a civil rights and liberties perspective,” the letter read.

Over half of the secretaries of states in the U.S. have resisted handing over voter information requested by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kochach, the vice chairman of President Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The commission was formed to investigate the president’s debunked claim that "millions" of illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election.