Maryland has just denied the Trump administration’s request for their states voter data. But, they didn’t just say ‘no.’
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh released a statement calling it among other things ‘repugnant’ and said the request was an ‘intimidation’ on voters, ‘designed to indulge Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.’
Here’s the statement, in part:
“As Attorney General, I take seriously my responsibility to protect the voting rights and privacy interests of Maryland citizens. I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant; it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge in President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote. Repeating incessantly a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true. There is no evidence that the integrity of the 2016 election – or any other state – was compromised by voter fraud. I urge Governor Hogan and the State Board of Elections to speak out against this effort and to reject any further attempt to intimidate voters and obtain their personal information.”
Maryland is joining the long list of states pushing back against Trump’s Election Commission.
In fact – the majority of states are now opposing President Donald Trump’s administration for asking for detailed voter information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and birthdates. The White House is requesting the information from all 50 states, saying it is vital in order to combat against illegal voting.
The letter sent out states it’s to “study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections” that may “undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal elections processes.” But, others believe that Trump will just use the information for its own purposes – one of those being Trump getting re-elected.
In any case, some secretary of states, even Republican ones, are balking at the request.
“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said on Friday. “Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.”
Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Lundergan said there wasn’t enough bourbon in her state to make her release the information.
“There’s not enough bourbon here in Kentucky to make this request seem sensible,” Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) said on MSNBC. “Not on my watch are we going to be releasing sensitive information that relate to the privacy of individuals.”
President Trump created the commission last month to investigate his claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote, which he maintains he would have won. It was one of the first things he talked about after becoming president – and it’s not supported by any verifiable facts. An analysis of voting data has so far found virtually no confirmed cases of mass voter fraud.
So, what does Trump plan to do with the state’s voter information? Some think Trump plans on making it harder for people to register to vote in the future. If that’s the case, it will be an assault on democracy and a partial plan to try to rig future elections in Trump’s favor.