Idaho Will Hold Off On Sending Voter Data To White House Voter Fraud Commission

Jul 11, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, sent out an email to states Monday saying they should wait before sending sensitive voter data to the commission.
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Idaho officials say they’ll hold off on providing detailed voter information to the President’s commission looking into alleged voter fraud. States across the nation are now being told to pause.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence’s office sent out an email to states saying they should wait before sending the detailed information requested by the Trump Administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Pence leads the commission along with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The commission had set a July 14 deadline for states to hand over voter information including names, dates of birth and the last four digits of each voter's Social Security number. Following a slew of lawsuits by civil liberties groups like the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a Monday filing by the D.C.-based Electronic Privacy Information Center, the commission now says states should wait until a judge rules on the lawsuits before submitting the requested data.

Idaho’s deputy secretary of state, Tim Hurst, said Tuesday the state will wait for further instructions from the voter fraud commission.

In Idaho, the state's voter registration system is public, including voters' names, addresses and voting history. Even though information like driver's license numbers, Social Security numbers and dates of birth are collected on voter registration forms, Idaho law says that information is not releasable under the state's public records law.

President Trump has claimed massive voter fraud took place in the 2016 election and created the commission to investigate. To date, no evidence has been found supporting the President’s claim.

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