Trump's Voter Fraud Panel Requests California Voter Data, CA: How About No?


California's Secretary of State is refusing to comply with a second request for voter data from President Trump's commission investigating alleged voter fraud. 

The commission's vice chairman, Kris Korbach, sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Wednesday asking for voter's names, party affiliations, addresses, and voting histories. Padilla refused the request, citing privacy concerns, calling the commission politically motivated. 

The commission initially asked for the voter data from all 50 states back in June. California joined several other officials in refusing the administration's request, calling it politically motivated. 

Korbach's letter comes after the U.S. District Court ruled against the Electronic Privacy Information Center who had filed a temporary restraining order against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The court said the commission's request for voter data did not violate Americans' privacy. 

In the letter Korbach wrote to Padilla, the vice-chairman sought to assuage any concerns about private data being released. 

"I want to assure you that the Commission will not publicly release any personally identifiable information regarding any individual voter or any group of voters from the voter registration records you submit," Korbach wrote.

Padilla points to California state law that he says gives him the power to refuse any request for voter data. He continued to strike a defiant tone on Wednesday comparing Trump's commission to Jim Crow laws in the South. 


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