Maine official refuses to comply with Trump administration's voter info request

Maine official refuses to comply with Trump administration's voter info request

Maine’s secretary of State is refusing to comply with a request from President Trump’s voter fraud commission to turn over information on its voters, making it the latest in a string of states to deny the request.

In a letter to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is the vice chairman of Trump’s commission, Matthew Dunlap cites a Maine statute that prevents the state from sharing the information requested by the commission because its request stated that “any documents that are submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the public."


“As a matter of law, that conflicts with state statute, what states that ‘information contained electronically in the central voter registration system and any informations for reports generated by the system are confidential,” Dunlap wrote. “It is not possible for my office to comply with the request and also comply with the law.”

Dunlap, who serves on Trump’s voter fraud commission, is the latest state official to refuse the commission’s request for voter information, which includes names, political affiliation, voting history and the last four digits of the Social Security numbers of all registered voters.

Maryland officials also announced Monday that they would not be complying with the commission’s request, with the Maryland Attorney General slamming it as “repugnant.”

“I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant,” Brian E. Frosh said. “It appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.”

A Maryland official also resigned from Trump’s voter fraud commission on Monday.