Secretary of State Mark Martin
complied with the vast voter data mining operation undertaken by Donald Trump's "election integrity" commission
, an effort overseen by vote-suppressing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach
in hopes of digging up evidence
that Trump really didn't lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton
More than 40 states have refused to comply with the sweeping request because some information Kobach seeks is not public information and also because of concerns a public data mine, which Kobach has said he'd create, could be a tool for identity theft and voter fraud.
Democratic State Rep. Greg Leding
of Fayetteville, who's been encouraging resistance to the effort, said this morning he'd learned from Martin's office that Martin intended to give to Kobach public information that is provided to campaigns, but that wouldn't include military status, felon status or how a voter voted. (Correction: It will include which preferential primary a voter participated in.)
urged citizens to continue to call the secretary of state (501-682-1010). You could also write a member of the commission, lobbyist and former legislator David Dunn
UPDATE: Too late. Martin's office has sent the information.
This is Kobach's letter.
It asks a number of questions about elections and seeks this information:
In addition, in order for the Commission to fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting, I am requesting that you provide to the Commission the pubicly available voter roll data for Connecticut, including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information.
I hope to find out specifically which items of information Martin intends
to supply. Also, the state Freedom of Information Act applies in theory only to citizens of Arkansas. I'm curious too about how soon the information will be sent and by what means.
My only response from Martin spokesman Chris Powell so far:
We received the letter. The letter requested only information that is publicly available. That is all we intend to provide.
UPDATE: Further from Powell:
This was not a formal FOI request, but the Constitution specifies which voter information is exempt from FOI and that information is not being provided. Information that is submitted on a voter registration application is public information. Some of that information is optional, so obviously, we cannot provide information we do not have. We are not providing SSNs, information regarding felony convictions, registrations in other states, military status, or overseas citizens. We are providing voter history back to 2008, not 2006. This only specifies whether or not someone voted in an election, not who they voted for. You asked when the information would be provided. It was provided this morning.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a statement saying he'd urged partial compliance. I've asked Martin's office for a copy of what they sent Kobach about me, to see if I can finally pin down exactly what was provided.
Further update: The information was uploaded electronically to a secure site. The secretary of state's office says anyone may obtain a disk with this information.
It comes in three files, each available for $2.50. This is the information sent to Kobach:
* A list of all registered voters within the state. The file contains the Voter ID #, county of residence, voter name, address information (residential and/or mailing), phone number, DOB, precinct information, district information, party
(if applicable) and the date last voted.
* The Vote History information for the state. This file lists the Voter ID # and Vote
History data for all Federal elections from 1996 – current election cycle. The older elections are incomplete since some counties did not enter voter results into the previously used VR databases. The Vote History file does not contain voters’ names and therefore must be linked to the Voter Registration file by a unique Voter ID # found within each file.
* A combination of the Voter Registration and Vote History files (VRVH).