Trump’s “Election Integrity” commission seeks voter info from Colorado, other states

President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has requested all of Colorado’s publicly available voter data as part of its nationwide analysis on voter fraud, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Thursday.

Trump in May signed an executive order launching the commission, which is tasked with reviewing alleged voter fraud and voter suppression. The order came after Trump alleged — without evidence — that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in his 2016 election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In a June 28 letter to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Kris Kobach, the vice chair of the commission, requested a wide range of voter information as part of the review, including names, addresses, party affiliation and which elections voters have participated in since 2006. The request also asks for voters’ military status, felony convictions and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers — but only “if publicly available” under Colorado law.

Williams told The Denver Post that voter Social Security numbers won’t be provided, because they’re exempt from disclosure under the Colorado Open Records Act.

“We’re not going to give them anything that a journalist, a voter, a party or a candidate can’t get,” Williams said. “We provide it to everybody, because that’s what publicly available information is. You never, in Colorado, are required to convince the government that you have a good purpose before we give you the document.”

Similar letters were sent to each of the 50 states, according to published reports.

The letter also asks Williams a slew of questions, including whether he has any evidence of voter fraud or registration fraud in Colorado, or any suggestions for improving cyber-security — an issue that’s risen to the forefront after Russia’s alleged hacking of American voting systems last year.

Williams re-affirmed Thursday that successful voter fraud is rare in Colorado, and said he was happy that the federal government was seeking input from state officials on how to improve election administration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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