In summary

California has lots of company in its refusal to cooperate with the Trump Administration’s request for data on the state’s voter rolls. At least 44 states have said they will not provide some or all of the information requested by the president’s special panel tasked with investigating alleged weaknesses in the nation’s voting systems.

California has lots of company in its refusal to cooperate with the Trump Administration’s request for data on the state’s voter rolls. At least 44 states have said they will not provide some or all of the information requested by the president’s special panel tasked with investigating alleged weaknesses in the nation’s voting systems.

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The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity last month asked every state to provide all publicly available information relating to registered voters, including full name, date of birth, political party, last four digits of social security number, recent voting history, and information regarding past felony convictions.

Red and blue states alike have responded with varying degrees of “No.” California, New York, Maryland and Virginia are refusing to give the advisory commission any information. Officials in Kansas, Indiana, Ohio and Vermont said they will only provide some of the requested data.

President Trump responded on his favorite medium:

Trump formed the investigative panel after claiming many times, without providing evidence, that millions of people voted illegally last year, causing him to lose the popular vote. He said that California was among a handful of states where there was “serious voter fraud.” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, has maintained that Trump’s allegations are false.

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Laurel Rosenhall

Laurel covers California politics for CalMatters, with a focus on power and personalities in the statehouse. Her stories explain political dynamics in the Capitol and examine how money, advocacy and relationships...