Kris Kobach Tells States to Release Voter Records

LWVGH Condemns Request for Voter Records

LWVGH joins the U.S. League of Women Voters and the Massachusetts League in condemning Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, for asking states to release the voting records of their citizens thereby invading every citizen’s privacy. He wants names, addresses, birth dates, partial Social Security numbers, party affiliation, felon status, and other data for every registered voter in the country.

Below, please find  the statement from the LWVUS President Chris Carson:

WASHINGTON, DC/June 30, 2017– The request for voter records confirms fears of Kris Kobach continuing his tactics of voter suppression and the genesis of the Elections Integrity Commission in general. The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson released this statement on the issue:

There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.

This most recent move by Mr. Kobach is an indicator that the so-called Election ‘Integrity’ Commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations and dangerous policy recommendations.

State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. The League stands with those state leaders who have already come out to support their voters and refuse these requests from Mr. Kobach and the EIC.

It is heartening to note that so far over twenty-four state governors had stated that they would not or could not release the requested data. (see NPR)