Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chair of the President’s Commission on Election Integrity, sent letters to all 50 Secretaries of State requesting “publicly available voter-roll data” including full names, last four digits of social security number, and felony convictions, among many other personal data. This request is an attempt to suppress votes under the guise of preventing election fraud.

The state of Maryland Board of Elections denied the request. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh stated: “I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant; it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.” 

Maryland Response – July 2017

Response from civil rights organizations – July 2017

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the president’s election commission under a federal law designed to ensure public accountability of advisory committees.

Additionally, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund has strongly condemned this commission.


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