States’ varied responses to Election Integrity Commission-Kris Kobach’s requests for voter records have been in the news as of late. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has stated that he will release publicly available information. Read more on Williams’ response HERE. Other Secretaries of State have stated that they will not comply with the release of information. The New York Times has complied a sate by sate list of the varied Secretaries of State’s responses.
League of Women Voters’ Response
The request for voter records confirms fears of Kris Kobach continuing his tactics of voter suppression and the genesis of the Elections Integrity Commission in general. The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson released this statement on the issue:
There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.
This most recent move by Mr. Kobach is an indicator that the so-called Election ‘Integrity’ Commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations and dangerous policy recommendations.
State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. The League stands with those state leaders who have already come out to support their voters and refuse these requests from Mr. Kobach and the EIC.
Secretary of State Williams has sent all information he could without breaking Colorado laws. Incoming League of Women Voters of Colorado President Nancy Crow has written an email message to Williams to expresses the League’s concerns about the dangers of such data collection and has asked local League presidents to do the same. Nancy says,
I have read too much history not to see this as a grave danger to our democracy and the League is obliged to speak out.
To voice your concern, you can fill out a form with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office at https://www.sos.state.co.us/ccorner/SuggestionsForm.do and by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org