Arkansas to 'partially' comply with Trump's request for voter information

Arkansas to 'partially' comply with Trump's request for voter information

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A commission created by President Trump to investigate alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has been getting pushback from nearly 40 states. 

The president created the commission after he alleged, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally. While he was elected to become the president, he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton by nearly 2.9 million votes.

The commission requested that all 50 states provide a list of personal voter information, but many states are refusing to turn over the data. The request asked states to provide information that included such data as the last four digits of Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and birth dates.

Arkansas however will "partially" comply with the request, according to State Representative Greg Leding. On Wednesday morning, the Democratic representatives tweeted that the Arkansas Secretary of State's office had received the request and planned to release "*some* [sic] publicly available data."

"Arkansas will provide the same data it provides anyone," Leding said on Twitter. "This doesn't include social security or driver's license numbers, military status, felon status, or how a voter voted."

While some states refused the request before receiving an official letter, Arkansas decided to wait for the letter to make a decision. Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Secretary of States, told the Associated Press that the state wouldn't release driver's license numbers, felony convictions, military status, or Social Security numbers.

Leding continued his thread on Twitter, saying that the right to vote "should not be a partisan issue."

"And yet we continue to see efforts to discourage, marginalize, otherwise suppress voters all across our country," he said. "This has to stop."

Governor Asa Hutchinson in a statement said he told Secretary of State Mark Martin to "not provide" all information that was requested by the commission.

"The request is simply too broad and includes sensitive information of Arkansas voters," Hutchinson said.

The governor said giving all of the data requested would not be in the "best interest of Arkansas voters."

Leding also asked people who were against the release of voter data to be "brief and polite" when calling the Secretary of State's office to voice their opposition.

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