Pushback: NM SOS Won’t Give Voter Info To Trump Commission

Pushback: NM SOS Won’t Give Voter Info To Trump Commission

"I will never release the personally identifiable information of New Mexico voters protected by law, including their social security number and birth date."

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Friday that her office will not turn over personal information on New Mexico voters to the Trump administration’s election commission.

Toulouse Oliver said that her office has yet to get a request from Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for the personal information, including Social Security numbers, from the commission.

“My office has not yet received the letter from President Trump’s election commission requesting the personal information of New Mexico voters,” Toulouse Oliver said. “That being said, I will never release the personally identifiable information of New Mexico voters protected by law, including their social security number and birth date.

“Further, I will not release any other voter information like names, addresses or voting history unless and until I am convinced the information will not be used for nefarious or unlawful purposes, and only if I am provided a clear plan for how it will be secured. As New Mexico’s Chief Election Official, I will continue to ensure the integrity of our elections while protecting the voting rights and personal privacy of our voters.”

When President Trump announced his Advisory Commission on Election Integrity earlier this year, Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver released this statement:

“If President Trump truly wants to boost Americans’ confidence in the integrity of our elections, he should stop making false claims of rampant voter fraud. President Trump’s voter fraud allegations are simply not true and they are doing real damage to our democracy. I fear that Trump’s Commission will be nothing more than a Trojan Horse used to justify partisan efforts making it harder to vote.”

News organizations have reported that the commission’s chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent letters to all 50 secretaries of state this week asking for names, birth dates and other information for registered voters going back to 2006.

Apparently the information would be used to cross-check state voter data with information on a federal database in order to determine how many ineligible voters are registered in each state.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.
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  • Selva Franklin
    June 30, 2017, 5:37 pm

    Thank you Maggie Toulouse Oliver for not giving our information. Please do not give in to intimidation. You have my support.

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