WHAT IT IS
- President Trump set up an Election Integrity Commission that is asking all 50 states to hand over information of everyone who voted in elections from 2006 onward.
- That information would include name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four digits of social security numbers and voter history.
- Maine Secretary of State and member of the commission, Matthew Dunlap, cautioned against the tone and legality of such a request before it was sent out.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Forty-five states, both Democratic and Republican controlled, are refusing the request or only handing over a portion of what the commission had requested.
- Due to mounting legal challenges it has faced, the commission has since ceased requesting the sensitive voter data.
- The American Civil Liberties Union sued the commission, citing the request which it believes breaks federal laws.
- People are now withdrawing their voter registration in some areas, afraid of their private information being shared.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Are states trying to protect their citizens or protect themselves from more federal oversight?
- Is privacy, something not explicitly discussed in the U.S. Constitution, something that is a general civil liberty for all American citizens?
- If instances of voter fraud are actually extremely low, is this merely a witch hunt by the Trump Administration?
- If the data is already public record, why are states hiding the information in the first place?