Tennessee Secretary Of State Says Office Won't Release Voter Information To Trump Commission

Jun 30, 2017

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett says his office can't comply with a request from President Trump's administration this week to hand over data on the state's voters.

Hargett cites Tennessee law.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity had asked all 50 states for detailed information on millions of voters in a letter dated Wednesday. The request includes partial Social Security numbers and complete voter histories for the past decade, as well as information on felony convictions, military status and whether a voter has moved overseas.

Voter registration lists in Tennessee are generally public records. But state law bans the release of certain information — including Social Security numbers.

A few other states have also said they won't comply with the Trump administration's request. Those include Indiana and California.

Trump has claimed that millions of non-citizens voted illegally in last year's election. Tennessee election officials say they have seen very few voter fraud cases.

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