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Ohio Secretary Of State Will Not Give Private Voter Info To White House Commission


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he will not comply with President Trump's voter fraud commission request for voter roll data information. 

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter Wednesday to all 50 states requesting that publicly available voter roll data be sent to the White House by July 14.

The bipartisan commission is chaired by Vice President Pence, and was established by President Trump after he alleged without evidence that as many as 5 million people voted illegally last November. 

Among the requested information were the names, addresses, birthdays, political parties, last four digits of Social Security numbers, elections participated in (since 2006) of every registered voter in the country. The commission also requested any information about felony convictions.

"We do not want any federal intervention in our state's right and responsibility to conduct elections," Husted said in response to the letter from the commission.

Husted said the results of the last three federal election reviews he ordered are already publicly available to the commission, but that he will not provide confidential information like driver's license numbers that aren't already publicly available.

Husted, who is currently running for governor, has consistently pushed back again Trump's unfounded claims of "rigged" elections.

“In Ohio, we pride ourselves on being a state where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. Voter fraud happens, it's rare and when it happens we hold people accountable," Husted says. "I believe that as the Commission does its work, it will find the same about our state."

California, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina and a number of other states have also rejected the commission's request for information.

Adora Namigadde was a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. She joined WOSU News in February 2017. A Michigan native, she graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French.