"The WEC does not have the discretion to deny a request for the public information in the voter registration database if the required fee is paid", Haas said. Some states have outright refused the request, while others have said they will submit only what is allowed under state laws.
Jackson was referring to Trump's Election Integrity Commission he created based on his belief that there was massive voter fraud in the last presidential election.
Those include Connie Lawson, Indiana secretary of state; Bill Gardner, New Hampshire secretary of state; Matthew Dunlap, Maine secretary of state; Ken Blackwell, former OH secretary of state; Christy McCormick, commissioner with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission; David Dunn, former Arkansas state representative; Mark Rhodes, clerk of Wood County, West Virginia; and Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow of the Heritage Foundation.
The ACLU also said in its complaint that the commission couldn't possibly make a fair determination about the validity of the president's claim, because numerous 15 members have publicly supported it-another violation of FACA.
Public Data is a California company that collects voter information from the state, combines it with other publicly available demographic statistics and then sells that information to about 900 different customers, including political campaigns, universities and grassroots organizers. Some Democrats have said the commission is merely trying to provide cover for Trump's unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
What would the federal government do with all this information, if it were turned in?
It apparently worries others as well.
Poetter wouldn't say what Kobach thinks of the request.
A lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Public Citizen says the U.S. Army is violating voters' privacy by collecting and disseminating voter data requested by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
"I would say that Wisconsin falls on the upper range of restrictedness, but you're not the most restrictive state out there", McDonald said in a phone interview.
Florida's response was more compliant.
But to add insult to injury, Jackson said the commission is headed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chair of the commission, who has a "notorious" reputation of fighting for voter suppression laws along with "feeding fears about illegal immigration", said Jackson.
Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the SEC, said the basic data sets include county, voter registration number, first, middle and last name; suffix; residence address, mailing address; gender, ·race, registration date, date of birth, date last voted, precinct code and name; and election districts. The letter seeks information to confirm that states are complying with federal law and keeping voting lists updated. The voter information is typically used by political candidates to canvass for voters.
That's also the conclusion of a report just released by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. By one estimate, 7,000 voters were wrongfully removed from the state's voter roles by the 2000 election.
The White House panel has also asked states to turn over the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers. It fears the information will be sent to a non-secure website, making it vulnerable to possible identity theft and financial fraud.
But the data released, officials said, are basic voter facts and excludes sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, criminal convictions or who a voter picked in any election.
Asked at a news conference on Friday whether Mr. Trump's assertion of millions of illegal votes was credible, one of the Democratic secretaries of state on the White House panel, Matthew Dunlap of ME, said that he "would be stunned to see a number anywhere near that". "Voters do not expect that their personal information can be subject to limitless access by unknown parties".