Officials from Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana joined lawmakers around the country in saying they will not be complying with a request for personal information from a voter fraud commission led by Pence himself.
In her June 30 statement, Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson said that state law did not permit her office to supply the personal information sought by the The Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, which was established in May by President Donald Trump to investigate (disproved) claims of voter fraud by undocumented immigrants during the 2016 election.
As noted by NBC’s Bradd Jaffy, Lawson said Indiana will provide information that is lawfully available to the public.
The statement was a response to a letter sent by commission Vice Chair Kris Kobach on June 29 to all secretaries of state requesting social security numbers, voting history and other voter information dating back to 2006. The letter said the information would be made public, prompting voting rights advocates to suggest this is the first step in a voter suppression campaign by GOP politicians.
Kobach, who serves as Kansas’ Secretary of State, has been successfully sued for his own voter registration policies and misleading statements regarding alleged voter fraud.
In her refusal, Lawson joins Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and other officials from both sides of the aisle, who have come out strongly against the request from the controversial commission.