Donald Trump greeted Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster Township, N.J., in November. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach co-chairs President Trump’s voter fraud commission, which is tasked with finding evidence to support the president’s unsubstantiated claim that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.
Kobach recently sent letters to all 50 states asking them to provide the commission with their entire voter files. The request specifically spelled out sensitive pieces of information the commission wants to obtain, including voters names, party affiliations, military status and the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers.
As secretary of state, Kobach is tasked with supplying Kansas’s data to the Trump commission. There’s just one problem: He won’t be able to fully comply with his own request.
Kobach told the Kansas City Star on Friday that he would not be providing any parts of Kansas voters’ Social Security numbers because that data is not publicly available under state law. “In Kansas, the Social Security number is not publicly available,” he said. “Every state receives the same letter, but we’re not asking for it if it’s not publicly available.”
Many states have balked at all of part of the commission’s request, citing legal and privacy concerns or an unwillingness to cooperate with a commission that elections experts worry is laying the groundwork for voter roll purges.
Another secretary of state who’s a member of the Trump commission also said Friday that she is unable to comply with the request. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement that “Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State …read more