Oregon Secretary of State: Private voting data off limits to Trump commission

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon's chief election official told President Donald Trump's commission investigating allegations of voter fraud that it could receive a statewide list of voters for $500, just like anyone else.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, however, said Friday in response to the commission's request for publicly available details on all voters in the state that he's barred legally from disclosing Social Security and driver's license numbers.

Oregon law states the Secretary of State must turn over a list of voter names for a $500 fee. Other data which Trump is requesting is not required to be released under state law, and some is protected under the state's address confidentiality program. 

Read: Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's letter

Two members of Oregon's congressional delegation and Gov. Kate Brown had urged Richardson, a Republican in this Democratic-leaning state, to refuse the request that went to secretaries of state around America.

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on Richardson to deny the White House request from Kris Kobach, the White House commission vice chairman.

"Richardson should follow the lead of other SOSs & not send Oregonians' voter data to Kobach's commission," Wyden tweeted. "There is no way the federal govt should get Oregonians’ sensitive information when it can’t even keep classified staffer data safe."

"Ron's got it right. The Kobach request is stupid!" Blumenauer responded

Oregon representatives Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland) and Rob Nosse (D-Portland) issued a joint statement, urging Richardson to protect the privacy of Oregonians. 

"When President Trump signed an executive order in May creating the Advisory Commission, you reportedly said you would decline any invitation to participate, citing Oregon's 'open and honest' election system," Warner and Nosse said. "Please join with Secretaries of State and Governors in California, Virginia, and Kentucky who have already responded to Kobach, and reject this federal intrusion into our state system." 

Washington denies private voter data to Trump commission

Washington's secretary of state says her office will send some of the voter information requested by President Donald Trump's commission investigating alleged 2016 election voter fraud.

The Spokesman-Review reports Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Friday the state will send the commission names, addresses and dates of birth of registered voters because that information is available to the public.

She says she will not send the commission any information about Social Security or driver's license numbers, phone numbers or email addresses. Those are not considered public information, she says and not releasable.

Washington Democratic Party Chairwoman Tina Podlodowski called for Wyman to reject the request entirely, calling it a voter suppression effort.

Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton but has alleged without evidence that up to 5 million people voted illegally.

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