Led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the most outspoken voices for voter fraud elimination, the commission was given the power to investigate "fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting" in federal elections.
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican serving his third term, said in a statement he had not received the commission's request.
A Hogan administration spokeswoman has said the State Board of Elections is independent from the governor's office. A discovery request by the Department of Justice demanded Schedler turn over Louisiana's entire election database including the social security numbers, driver's license numbers, dates of birth and mother's maiden names of each and every registered voter, as well as the source code needed to manipulate the information contained in the database.
NBC reporter Brad Jaffy alerted Twitter to a statement from the office of Maryland's attorneys general rebuking the Trump administration's request for voter records, and a Mic report detailed the CT secretary of state's inquisition of the administration regarding why they need the information.
Trump lost the popular vote in last year's presidential election by about 2.9 million votes.
At least eight largely Democratic states said they would not comply at all and at least 16 other states have informed the commission that they would not provide any sensitive data. Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos didn't list what records would be sent to the commission, but the Republican said in a statement he will protect private information. But even some conservative states that voted for Trump, such as Texas, say they can provide only partial responses based on what is legally allowed under state law. Kobach made the requests in letters to all 50 states. "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue".
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Frosh said he found the request "repugnant", and that "it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump's fantasy that he won the popular vote".
Officials from Kentucky, Virginia and NY, for instance, said they would not comply.
Jason Kander, head of Let America Vote, has called the GOP voter fraud narrative and Trump's claim of voter fraud "the biggest lie ever told by a sitting U.S. President".
Texas already makes much of the information requested publically available. "With only two instances of confirmed voter fraud from the total voter turnout of 2,734,176 in the 2012 Presidential General Election, we can safely say that there is no evidence of coordinated or systematic voter fraud in Maryland".
Kobach has had legal troubles in the past in his battle against voting fraud.