Husted says he’ll deny Trump panel some voter data

Staff Report

COLUMBUS – Secreatary of State Jon Husted announced Friday he would not be turning over all of the information requested by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He said will not turn over the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers or their driver’s license numbers to the presidential commission.

“Confidential info won’t be provided to Pres Advisory Comm on Election Integrity,” Husted tweeted, later adding, “We do not want fed intervention in our state’s right & respon to conduct elections.”

President Donald Trump charged the commission with identifying “laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance or undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of federal elections processes,” vice chair Kris Kobach wrote in a letter to all states and the District of Columbia sent Wednesday.

The letter gave them two weeks to provide about a dozen points of voter data, including birthdates, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and any information about felony convictions.

“In Ohio, we pride ourselves on being a state where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Husted. “Voter fraud happens, it’s rare and when it happens we hold people accountable. I believe that as the Commission does its work, it will find the same about our state.”

Other secretaries of state from around the country also turned down all or portions of the request. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said his reply to a request for the confidential information would be, “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from.

Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.”

Staff Report