NY will give some voter data to Trump voter fraud commission

Posted at 5:28 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 17:45:44-04

New York state will hand over some voter information to President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud, becoming the first state to largely comply with the request after initially balking.

The state's Board of Elections voted Wednesday to provide data like voter names, birthdates, addresses and voting history after determining it had no lawful reason to deny the request.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in June the state would not comply. The commission then filed an open records request for voter data already available to members of the public who file such requests.

The state will not provide voters' Social Security numbers because of state voter privacy laws. Thirteen states and Washington, D.C., still say they won't comply with the information request. Three others are reconsidering their denials.

Governor Cuomo released the following statement:

"To be clear, the original letter from the President's Election Commission requested information that the Commission is not legally entitled to obtain. Accordingly, our administration rejected that request because it not only violated privacy rights - but also state law. Our position remains unchanged and we will continue to deny requests for sensitive personal data about New York residents, which is protected under the law. We will never provide private voter information to anyone, especially a politically-motivated organization seeking to perpetuate the myth of voter fraud."