by Max Brantley
Hamlin, a former election official in Washington State, said he was stunned when he read the letter from Trump's commission seeking voter information from all 50 states.The first person to dump the trash was Mark Martin, who speedily delivered names of 1.7 million Arkansas people, plus street address, phone numbers, birth dates and which partisan primaries they'd voted in. No dissent was heard from his pal David Dunn, a former Arkansas legislator, who got a seat on the Trump data dump commission thanks to his friendship with Martin. Martin didn't provide some information Kobach wanted — partial Social Security numbers, military record, criminal record.
"It wasn’t clear how they were going to protect the data and generate results that were actually going to be usable,” he said. “If you have garbage in, you’re going to get garbage out."
David Becker, the executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, was also a part of the team that helped set up ERIC.UPDATE: The ACLU lawsuit over Kobach's shady commission has turned up e-mail that reveals Kobach's designs on changing federal law in the interest of vote suppression.
“Every chance they had, they went the wrong way,” Becker said of the Trump commission. “This is a textbook study on how not to use data.”
“There is no comprehensive security plan, no detailed methodology or outline,” he added about the commission’s data request.