Grimes refuses to turn over voter information to President's committee

06/30/2017 12:18 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes denied a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which asks for information on Kentucky voters.

The commission formed by President Donald Trump, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and co-chaired by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was created to investigate the President’s unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

The commission asked every state to provide personal information on all registered voters dating back to 2006. The information that the commission asks for includes names, party affiliations, addresses, voting histories, birth dates, the last four digits of of voters’ social security numbers and any information about felony convictions and military status.

Grimes refused to hand the data over.

“As the Commonwealth’s Secretary of State and chief election official I do not intend to release Kentuckians’ sensitive personal data to the federal government,” Grimes said in a statement.

Grimes blasted the President saying that the commission was created on false information that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election.

“Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money,” Grimes said. “And at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.”

States have until July 14 to submit the information requested by the commission.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at Madeline.Janicki@charter.com.

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