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Secretary Grimes denies White House request for voter information

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says her office will not comply with a request by the President's Commission on Election Integrity.

The commission, headed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Vice President Mike Pence, was formed by President Trump in May to investigate alleged acts of voter fraud. Trump has claimed without evidence that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

This week the commission sent a letter to all 50 states asking for all voter information, including name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, the last four digits of social security numbers, and voting history dating back to 2006.

In a statement released Thursday, Secretary Grimes said, "Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the county."

You can read Secretary Grimes full statement below:

"Today, my office and Secretaries of State nationwide received from the President's election commission a request for the personal information – including the name, address, social security number, birthdate, political affiliation, and voting history – of every American voter, including the 3.2 million registered Kentucky voters. As the Commonwealth's Secretary of State and chief election official, I do not intend to release Kentuckians' sensitive personal data to the federal government.

"The president created his election commission based on the false notion that "voter fraud" is a widespread issue – it is not. Indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election. Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country."

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