Thursday, July 6, 2017
Kris Kobach, states disagree on Trump's voting fraud panel. Here's where 47 states stand
At USA Today
States aren't embracing President Trump's voter fraud panel with the same enthusiasm he had when he announced it. An analysis found nearly all states and Washington, D.C., have denied the president's commission in one way or another.
The commission requested voter data from states last week. But the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has been stymied by some state officials who flat-out refused to hand over the information while others said they could fulfill just part of the request.
On Wednesday, the commission's vice chairman Kris Kobach took umbrage with news accounts of states rejecting the request.
“While there are news reports that 44 states have 'refused' to provide voter information to the Commission, these reports are patently false, more 'fake news,'" said Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, in a statement. "At present, only 14 states and the District of Columbia have refused the Commission's request for publicly available voter information."
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