Maryland AG issues statement on request for information on voters

Voters mark their ballots during an election

Trump over the weekend asked in a tweet what they had to hide.

"In the same spirit of transparency, we will request that the Commission share any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for", Sherrill continued. Some of the data the Trump commission has requested is publicly available, but the president's commission will have to purchase it from Louisiana like political parties do if it wants to review it, according to Schedler's office. That was the case in many other states, noted in statements from top election officials and responses to queries from reporters for The Associated Press.

Telephone traffic to the Illinois State Board of Elections "lit up" last week, following media reports the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had sent out letters to all 50 states, a lawyer for the board said Monday.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican serving his third term, said in a statement he had not received the commission's request.

To fulfill the request, Frosh said, Maryland's board of elections would have to violate state law. Critics have complained that the panel is stacked with people who have long sought to make access to the polls more restrictive, including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the panel's vice chairman, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

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Officials from Kentucky, Virginia and NY, for instance, said they would not comply.

Some Secretaries of State say the request by the voter fraud commission is part of a voter suppression effort and they won't comply. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue".

The commission also was established to give a semblance of respectability to the oft-repeated Republican lie that widespread voter fraud exists in the United States.

"Maine citizens can be confident that our office will not release any data that is protected under ME law, to the commission or any other requesting entity", Dunlap said in a statement. The commission purports to investigate voter fraud, which numerous studies confirm has not happened on the scales of "millions" as the Trump administration has suggested. It indicates when a voter has cast a ballot in previous election cycles, but not how the person voted. "He's handing them both a legal and a political problem of significant proportions". "It appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump's fantasy that he won the popular vote".

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