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As many as 44 US states are now refusing to hand voter data over to President Donald Trump and his administration citing legal and privacy concerns.

This cache includes information such as voters’ full names, political affiliations, addresses, dates of birth, criminal records, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, and other personal identifying information.

The tussle continues despite the fact that some of the desired data, including whether individuals have voted in the past decade, is set to become part of the public record separate from this situation.
This wave of refusals comes a week after the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter (PDF) to the nation’s 50 states seeking the information so the newly created Trump commission could “analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.” Trump signed the executive order in May to create the commission amid his own claims that there was voter fraud on a massive scale during the 2016 election.

Trump alleged that millions had voted illegally, but so far those claims have been unfounded.
Bring out your dead
According to a CNN inquiry, many states said that some of the data—like dates of birth and Social Security numbers—could not be released because it was a breach of state laws.

But the Election Integrity commission sees value in such data points. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the commission’s vice chair, has said SSNs could be used to determine how many people who are dead remain on voter rolls and whether they have recently voted, for instance.
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