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VP Press Secretary Marc Lotter: What Are States Trying to Hide?

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 08:10 AM

A commission investigating election fraud in the United States is only seeking information that is publicly available, Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary Marc Lotter said Thursday, and he wonders what 14 states that are refusing to turn over data are trying to hide.

"I think you're seeing something [like] a little bit of partisanship and gamesmanship by a few states," Lotter told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. 

"It should be noted that most states, about 36 right now, are actively working with the commission or are looking at the requests from the commission to see what they can release publicly under their state laws."

However, this week, more than half of the states in the country have made public announcements that they will not commit fully with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and a CNN survey of all 50 states found that at least 44 states do not plan to release all the information that has been requested.

Both Republicans and Democrats are citing voter privacy concerns, and Democrats say the commission, headed up by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and created through an executive order of President Donald Trump, is seeking to back up the president's insistence that voter fraud cost him the nation's popular vote last November.

"It's important to note that all the commission is seeking is publicly available data," Lotter said Thursday. "[This is] data that states on a regular basis provide to campaigns, state political parties and other national groups. Each state has differing laws in terms of what it can and cannot release. All the commission is seeking is publicly available data."

And by not complying, the states are raising several questions for themselves, he said.

"For those 14 states that say they are not going to comply, what are they trying to hide?" Lotter said. "What are they covering up? Or is this pure partisanship, that they may be ignoring their own state laws and own public records laws in terms of what they can and should should release to the commission?"

In Trump's executive order, he created several different areas he wants to examine, said Lotter, including "improper voter registration which could lead to improper voting."

The commission also is working with states, asking for advice about what can be done to help strengthen election systems moving forward, including working with cybersecurity and examining the issues of voter suppression.

"We are also making sure, at the end of the day, we are focused on ensuring the integrity of that fundamental American principle of one person, one vote," said Lotter.

Lotter also said the figures showing that more than 40 states are pushing back are inflated.

"Thirty-six states are already saying they are looking at it or providing information," said Lotter. "Fourteen said they aren't. What we have got to look at is what are those 14 states trying to hide? Could they be possibly ignoring their own law?"

Lotter also discussed Trump's G-20 summit visit, saying that when the president heads into meetings with the other nations' leaders, it is being found that "we and our allies have a lot more in common than we do in differences."

"When these meetings take place we do discuss the things where we might have areas of disagreement, but we also have the shared values, the shared commitment to our transatlantic partnerships," including the shared belief in fighting enemies like ISIS and confronting North Korea and other countries that may pose a threat to the United States and its allies.

Lotter also said Trump has been clear that strong borders are needed to protect the United States' interest, and world leaders in Europe are now making very similar arguments based on the needs of their people.

"One of the ways that we can come together in the global community is to address those common threats that ISIS poses and we have great partners in Europe with Poland and other places that are working with us to defeat ISIS on their soil and making sure that we are also protecting our people at home," said Lotter.

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