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POLITICS: ELECTIONS : FAKE NEWS : INVESTIGATIONS : PUBLIC OPINION : LAW CONSTITUTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES: Even Some Republicans Balk at Trumps Voter Data Request. Why the Uproar?

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POLITICS: ELECTIONS :

FAKE NEWS :

INVESTIGATIONS :

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LAW: CONSTITUTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES:

Even Some Republicans Balk at Trumps Voter Data Request. Why the Uproar?

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Even Some Republicans Balk at Trumps Voter Data Request. Why the Uproar?

By MICHAEL WINES and RACHEL SHOREY

JULY 7, 2017

New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/07/us/ 
politics/voter-fraud-commission.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/ybuz863j

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The political uproar over a White House commissions request to state
election officials for a trove of personal data on the nations voters
continued as secretaries of state gathered for their annual meeting on
Friday in Indianapolis.

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The panel was set up to investigate claims of voter fraud, which experts
generally agree is rare, after President Trump claimed illegal voting had
cost him the popular vote in Novembers election, and it has come under
attack by election officials from both parties.

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As of Thursday evening, 20 states and the District of Columbia had
outright rejected the request by Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of
state and vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on
Election Integrity, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at the New
York University School of Law, which works to promote expanded access to
the ballot. Most of the remaining states either said they were studying
the request or agreed to provide only public information like lists of
voters who are registered.

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Some of the reaction was blistering, even from Republican state officials.
Mississippis Republican secretary of state said last week those behind the
request could go jump in the Gulf of Mexico. (The news organization
Mississippi Today reported on Thursday that Mississippi has been providing
this data to Interstate Crosscheck, a Kansas initiative with similar goals
that Mr. Kobach runs.)

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TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE

What information is being sought?

Why is the commission seeking data from the states?

Can the federal government legally demand this information?

Why are so many states balking at providing the data?

Isnt a lot of this information publicly available?

Who typically requests voter records?

The panel is asking for individuals voting histories. Does that threaten
the secrecy of their choices in the voting booth?

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RELATED NEWS REPORTS IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Asked for Voters Data, States Give Trump Panel a Bipartisan No

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/us/ 
politics/kris-kobach-states-voter-fraud-data.html

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http://tinyurl.com/yahx9tux

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The Man Behind Trumps Voter-Fraud Obsession

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/magazine/ 
the-man-behind-trumps-voter-fraud-obsession.html

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http://tinyurl.com/y9dlnym6


Kris Kobach likes to bill himself as the A.C.L.U.s worst nightmare. The
Kansas secretary of state, who was a champion debater in high school,
speaks quickly for a rural Midwesterner, with the confidence of a man who
holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale Law School, and until January
he hosted his own local radio show, which used that line about the
A.C.L.U. to introduce each episode. On March 3 he strode into the Robert
J. Dole Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Kan., to face the latest
lawsuit filed against him by the civil-liberties organization. In an
unusual arrangement for a secretary of state, Kobach, 51, personally
argues all of his cases. He seems to see it as a perk of the job  and a
mission.

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The A.C.L.U. has filed four suits against Kobach since he was elected in
2010. All of them challenge some aspect of his signature piece of
legislation, the Secure and Fair Elections Act, or SAFE Act, a 2011 state
law that requires people to show a birth certificate, passport or
naturalization papers to register to vote. Kobach has long argued that
such a law is necessary to prevent noncitizens from registering to vote, a
phenomenon that he has repeatedly claimed is both pervasive and a threat
to democracy. The A.C.L.U. has countered that the real purpose of the law
is not to prevent fraud but to stop the existing electorate from expanding
and shifting demographically. The same principle informed the grandfather
clauses of the Jim Crow era, which exempted most white voters from
literacy tests and poll taxes designed to disenfranchise black voters.
Even a seemingly small impediment to registration, like a new ID
requirement, favors the status quo, and in Kansas, and indeed nationally,
the status quo favors the Republican Party.

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed tactics that prevented blacks,
Hispanics and other minority groups from voting. But for decades,
Republicans have fought to circumvent the law by describing their proposed
restrictions  requiring specific forms of identification to vote,
preventing early voting, purging voting rolls  as colorblind security
measures, even though there is little evidence of any individual voter
fraud in the United States. The A.C.L.U. has repeatedly argued that the
Kansas law discriminated against minorities, young people and low-income
people, all of whom are more likely to be registering for the first time
and less likely to have immediate access to citizenship papers, because
they cant afford them or were more transient and dont have copies of their
documents at hand. No state has been as aggressive as Kansas in
restricting ballot access, and no elected official has been as dogged as
Kobach.



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