Matthew Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State, has announced that he has decided against releasing any information of registered voters in Maine, to President Trump’s voter fraud commission, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Maine has essentially joined a list of states denying compliance with the commission’s requests.
Dunlap said that he met Attorney General Janet Mills on Monday, who advised him against releasing Maine’s Central Voter Registration information to the commission since it would violate state laws.
In his letter to the vice chairman of Trump’s commission, Kris Kobach, who is also Kansas’ Secretary of State, Dunlap cited a statute in Maine’s law, which prevents the state from giving the information to the commission because “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 information 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 is also a member of Trump’s voter fraud commission, is the most recent in the list of state officials to refuse compliance with the commission’s requests for voter information. The commission has asked all 50 states to provide voter information, which includes names, voting history, the last four digits of Social Security numbers of all eligible and registered voters, and their political affiliation.
Additionally, Maryland state officials also confirmed on Monday that they will not be providing any information to the commission. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh went on to call the request by the commission “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.”
Meanwhile, in Arizona, Secretary of State Michele Reagan announced that the state shall not be releasing detailed information about all voters in state to the Trump administration. “I share the concerns of many Arizona citizens that the Commission’s request implicates serious privacy concerns,” she wrote in response to the request. “Since there is nothing in Executive Order 13799 (nor federal law) that gives the Commission authority to unilaterally acquire and disseminate such sensitive information, the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is not in a position to fulfill your request,” she further wrote.
In addition to Arizona, a few other states have either the delayed the process or have completely refused to comply with Trump’s request to hand over information such as names, addresses, birth dates, last four digits of the Social Security numbers, party affiliations and voting records dating to ten years back, for each voter registered in each state.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, and the vice chairman of the commission set up by the Trump administration to look into voter’s data, argued, “First of all, the commission is not to prove or disprove what the President speculated about in January,” Kobach said. “The purpose of the commission is to find facts and put them on the table. Importantly, it’s a bipartisan commission.”
On July 1st, President Trump tweeted, “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”