Trump Won the Popular Vote, Nearly Half His Voters, Republicans Falsely Believe


More than a dozen states have refused to turn over any of the data and at least 44 have only released some of the information. Because the Commission has still not demonstrated that the data will be used for a lawful objective under New Mexico law, provided any plan for ensuring that voters' personal data will be secured, or explained how comparing insufficient data will produce any meaningful conclusions, I won't release any New Mexicans' voter information.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, said he will give some information to the commission - such as party affiliation, full name, address, year of birth and vote history - because the data are already publicly available.

Critics have denounced the panel, which met for the first time last week, as an effort to support President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that between 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election. The commission had asked election officials to hold off on submitting voter data while the lawsuit was pending before the judge. Kobach vowed not to release "personally identifiable information from voter registration records" submitted to the group. Other states, including Kansas, would only hand over publicly available information.

"The only information that will be made public are statistical conclusions drawn from the data, other general observations that may be drawn from the data, and any correspondence that you may send to the Commission in response to the narrative questions enumerated in the June 28 letter", Kobach wrote.

On Monday, a federal judge allowed the commission to go forward with its data request, ruling that the panel is exempt from federal privacy review requirements. "Let me reassure voters: I will not provide this commission with Californians' personal voter data".

Toulouse Oliver was one of those who was not convinced.

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla dismissed the letter from what he called "the President's sham election commission".

The commission was formed to examine voter fraud, a Republican priority that has proven to be rare in practice.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll showed that 49 percent of people who said they voted for Trump in November thought he got the most votes, while 40 percent acknowledged that Clinton had gotten more. After a number of states came out late last month and said they would not provide voter information to the panel, Trump posted a statement on Twitter calling it a "very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL" and suggested that these states had something to hide.

This is the second time Toulouse Oliver has denied a request from the president's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The Politico survey also found that 72 percent said that Trump won in the Electoral College, compared to 14 percent who believed Clinton was the victor.