Voter Fraud Commission Set for First Meeting Wednesday

Voter Fraud Commission Set for First Meeting Wednesday

Voter Fraud Commission Set for First Meeting Wednesday

"This cavalier attitude toward the public's personal information is especially concerning given the commission's request for sensitive data on every registered voter in the country", Theresa Lee, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project, said. The White House then said this information would be made available to the public. So some sent emails to the White House, demanding that it rescind the request.

"Many people will get their identity stolen, which will harm the economy", wrote another. Forty-four states refused all or parts of the request.

Thousands of Colorado residents have canceled their voter registrations, afraid that President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission would publicly release private information. "The Commission's Federal Register notice asking for public comments and its website make clear that information "including names and contact information" sent to this email address may be released". TPM only published screengrabs from the documents that do not include identifying information. Many states rejected the commission's request for detailed data on voters, with some noting that sharing pieces of the requested data would violate state law.

"This request is very concerning", wrote one. In some cases, the White House released citizens' phone numbers and e-mail addresses, seemingly without their knowledge.

"DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA PERIOD", read one comment spotted by the Washington Post.

"Beefed up the security on this email address yet?" asked another voter whose name and email address were also published by the White House.

While federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, warn online commenters to "not include any sensitive or confidential information", Trump officials made no mention of guidelines or warnings with regard to the public posting of personal data.

Which probably counts as irony on some level, given that numerous messages ran along the lines of, "As a private citizen I must tell you that your request for voting information from the states is completely inappropriate".

Responding to accusations of - at a minimum - willful ignorance, a Trump spokesperson blithely claimed that "These are public comments, similar to individuals appearing before commission to make comments and providing name before making comments", cited by the Washington Post.

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