Tuesday, President Trump's committee tasked with looking into allegations of voter fraud held its first public meeting. The commission was formed to address Trump’s belief that rampant voter fraud took place in the 2016 election. So far, no evidence has been presented to support the claim.
On July 3, the commission requested all 50 states provide sensitive voter information. After much push back from Idaho voters and legal pressure from the Idaho Democratic Party, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney decided he would not comply with the commission's request.
Shelby Scott, a spokesperson for the Idaho Democratic Party, is glad Denney listened to voters’ concerns.
"We’ve just been hearing a ton of push back about it," Scott says. "I think we’ve had over 500 people send in letters or emails to our Secretary of State, our Governor and our Attorney General urging them to not submit any voter information to the federal government and to this election commission."
If another request is made by the voter fraud commission, part of the settlement also requires Denney to notify the Idaho Democrats at least 10 days prior to responding to the request.
Under the Idaho Public Records Law, information such as driver license numbers and social security numbers -- both of which were requested by Trump’s commission -- are not allowed to be used commercially. Scott says Idaho voters from both political parties have been voicing concerns.
"Our legislators as well have been hearing from their constituents on both sides of the aisle, telling them ‘no way, don’t let them send this information," Scott says. "I do believe it’s been bipartisan, which has also been exciting to see, but not surprising that people want their private information to stay private."
Idaho is now among 17 states -- and the District of Columbia -- refusing to provide any voter information to the commission.
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