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Dem Rep. Connolly: Voter Fraud Panel Request Is Invasion of Privacy

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By    |   Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 09:23 PM

A Democratic lawmaker is urging Vice President Mike Pence to rescind a voter fraud panel's request for sensitive information, saying it's a "thinly veiled" attempt at voter suppression.

In a letter Tuesday, Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia argued that by asking secretaries of state to provide information like the last four digits of voters' social security numbers, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity risks compromising privacy, illegally purging voter rolls and violating federal laws.

"This extensive order risks compromising the privacy of millions of Americans' personal information, potentially violates several federal statutes, paves the way for illegal purging of voter rolls, and is based on false claims made by President [Donald] Trump and members of his administration," Connolly wrote.

The commission, headed by Pence, asked all 50 states and the District of Columbia late last month to provide extensive information on voters in their state.

Dozens of state officials have pushed back, refusing to hand over the information. Connolly encouraged continued resistance.

"The Commission's attempt to create a massive database of sensitive information is a thinly veiled effort to carry out voter suppression on a national scale," Connolly wrote in his letter to Pence. "States should not comply."

The commission was created to investigate Trump's claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote in November.

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