Top officials in more than half the states are signaling they won't comply with a request from President Trump's voter fraud commission to hand over publicly available voter roll data to the White House.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, sent a letter to all 50 secretaries of state Wednesday requesting voters' full names, addresses, birthdates, last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history and political party, if recorded.
The letter states that documents handed over to the voter fraud commission will be made available to the public, and secretaries of state have until July 14 to respond.
As of midnight on June 30, officials in five states — California, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut — indicated they had no intention of complying with the commission's request for voter roll information.
That number has since risen to at least 27, with North Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, New Mexico, Vermont, Indiana, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Montana, Arizona, Iowa, Texas and Kansas objecting to the request or saying they will supply only what is permissible under state law.
"NY refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election. We will not comply with this request," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said on his Twitter account.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, sent Kobach a letter calling the request "problematic," and stating the call "implies that your office may undertake a systemic effort to suppress the vote in Pennsylvania."
"I have serious reservations about the true intentions of this effort in light of the false statements this administration has made regarding voting integrity, the historical suppression of voting rights, and the way that such data has been used in the pass," Wolf wrote.
The governor then told Kobach he's "welcome to purchase" the publicly available voter file from the Pennsylvania Department of State for $20.
Here's my full letter to the Trump administration's Kris Kobach denying his request for personal information of every registered PA voter. pic.twitter.com/ZKo8yqC11f— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 30, 2017
Vermont Secretary of State James Condos, a Democrat, said Friday he is "bound by law to provide our publicly available voter file," but said he wouldn't provide any additional information other than what is "available to any individual requesting the file.
"My focus is to protect Vermont citizens from bogus attacks on our democracy," he said in a statement. "I will not release any more information about Vermont than is available to any citizen requesting our voter file. Under Vermont law, the motive or identity is not grounds for denying a request for a public record, so of course we must comply to meet the law."
Condos, though, said the voter fraud commission's chair, Vice President Mike Pence, must first submit an affidavit stating the information in the file won't be used for a commercial purpose.
Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said voters' names, addresses and voting history are public, and other information is available to purchase.
The price tag for the entire statewide voter file is $12,500.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said he believes it is "unnecessary" to give the commission any information beyond that which is public record.
"Integrity of our elections is critical, and a recent State Board of Elections investigation already found there was no evidence of significant voter fraud in North Carolina," Cooper said in a statement. "My staff has told the State Board of Elections that we should not participate in providing sensitive information beyond what is public record as it is unnecessary, and because I have concerns that it is an effort to justify the president's false claims about voter fraud."
Trump created the voter fraud commission in May after claiming millions of illegal immigrants cast votes for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, which prevented him from winning the popular vote.
The commission is led by Pence and Kobach, and will investigate voter fraud and provide recommendations to prevent it.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will gather for its inaugural meeting July 19, five days after the requested voter information is due to the commission.