"Therefore, our agency does not have any material responsive to the commission's request".
Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have refused the request in its entirety.
The commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and led by Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, was created by Trump to study registration and voting processes and to report on "vulnerabilities" in those system that could lead to "fraudulent voting". Facing popular outrage at the privacy infringement, not a single state immediately acquiesced to the more egregious requests, such as drivers license and partial Social Security numbers.
- Critics continue to push back against the Trump administration's plan to gather and scrutinize American voter data. "They never said", she said. Specifically, they want the full first and last names of all registered voters, middle names or initials, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, and voter history for each election since 2006.
The group was being because of its requests to all 50 states asking for personal information. Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, by the way, have also said they would supply what is public record.
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who heads the voting rights organization Let America Vote, said that he's heard anecdotes of voters canceling their registrations nationwide and that it's the wrong approach.
Kobach has been called the "king of voter suppression" by the director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Voting Rights Project, Dale Ho. That comes after the plaintiffs in the lawsuits sought to add the Department of Defense as a defendant in the case.
The commission now faces a string of other lawsuits concerning transparency and privacy. It was filed in federal district court in Washington, DC. If the judge gives the go-ahead, the sensitive voter data will instead be held on a secure White House server that was set up Monday evening.
Many states have said they will be partly complying to the commission's request by only providing data that is already publicly available.
Republicans have long known that as a distinct minority whose policies directly conflict with the interests of their targeted voter base, their only chance for electoral success in many races depends entirely on regressive gerrymandering.
Merrill, a Republican, said he was "disappointed" with the way Kobach handled the data request.
"The individuals on the commission raise some troubling questions as to the balance, the views that will be expressed", ACLU staff attorney Sophia Lin Lakin said in a phone interview.
Mavromatis confirmed that several voters, concerned about their privacy had called asking about how to have their names removed from the roles. He has claimed there was voter fraud on a massive scale during the 2016 election. The motion argues that this stands against federal Motor Voter Law, which says states must have simple voter registration options at motor vehicle offices.
In an email delivered to Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and other election officials across the country, an officer with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity told officials to put a hold on submitting data until a judge has ruled on a lawsuit that's trying to block the release. The threat this system poses is so well documented in journalist Greg Palast's documentary, "The Best Election Money Can Buy".