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Delaware Will Not Provide Voter Information to White House Commission

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Delaware is joining a list of states that will not comply with a White House commission's request for data from its voter registration roles in its investigation into alleged voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

“Releasing this information to the White House would not serve the mission of safeguarding the fairness and integrity of elections in Delaware and would not be in the best interests of Delaware voters,” said State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove in a statement Monday. .

“Delaware has a long history of running fair and efficient elections open to all qualified voters. We should not be a part of any effort to turn back the clock on the progress we have made,” said Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock. “Delaware will not be a party to this disingenuous and inappropriate campaign against one of the nation’s foundational institutions.”

A letter requesting the voter information was received by Bullock and forwarded to Manlove.

Unlike many states, elections in Delaware are not administered by the secretary of state. The election commissioner is an independent, non-partisan official appointed by the governor to a 10-year term and confirmed by the state Senate. The commissioner is the primary overseer of all state and local elections in Delaware, and is the custodian of the state’s voter rolls.

Several states say they have received requests from the election integrity commission for detailed voter information — including names, addresses, voting history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, according to The Associated Press. 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.

Some states say they will comply, including Missouri and Iowa, according to The Associated Press. But some other states, including California and New York, are refusing to comply, citing privacy concerns.

Trump established the commission to investigate allegations of voter fraud in the 2016 elections, but Democrats have blasted it as a biased panel that is merely looking for ways to suppress the vote.

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