A presidential commission purporting to investigate voter fraud sent letters this week to all secretaries of state asking for a detailed list of voter information. As Gambit reported yesterday
, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office received the letter June 28, and the office's staff and attorneys were beginning to review the letter and its demands. In a follow-up statement sent June 30, Press Secretary Meg Casper Sunstrom said the office will review the letter to determine the office's response.
"We have received the letter and are reviewing with staff and our attorneys to determine our response," Sunstrom said in email to Gambit
June 30. "Our priority, as we've demonstrated in the past, will always be to protect voter's protected, personal information. This includes social security numbers, mother's maiden name and date of birth. As you know, voter lists are publicly available but only include limited information including voter history. Voter history is NOT how a voter cast their ballot, it's whether they participated."
Democratic officials in several states have declined to send the information, including California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who said in a statement
that the request from President Donald Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is "based on the specious and false notion that there was widepsread voter fraud last November."
"At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts," McAuliffe said
, "and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression."
A spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the commission, told CBS News
that the letter is for "fact-finding" and that the commission's 10 members (including four Democrats) didn't object to the letter's requests.