Clyde Statement On Federal Action To Collect Voter Names And ID Numbers
Lawmaker urges Husted not to reveal Ohioans' sensitive information
June 30, 2017
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the following statement in response to action taken yesterday by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the leader of the president’s new commission on voting, to obtain the political affiliation and personal identification numbers of voters from all 50 states.

“It is well documented that President Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally last fall is patently false. Yet, while ignoring the confirmed interference in our election by the Russian government, the president appointed a so-called Election Integrity Commission to try to legitimize his false claim about illegal voting. He’s put known vote suppressors in charge of it like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

“Ohio should not help normalize this reckless claim that harms our democracy. Our current voter rolls are public, as they should be, but personal identification numbers must be protected as state and federal law require. Secretary Husted has assisted Kobach in the past by joining his voter purge club, also known as Kansas Interstate Crosscheck. This is not about partisanship, this is about protecting the private information of Ohioans.

I urge Secretary Husted to put his foot down at this careless federal overreach and refuse to cooperate with Kobach’s request for Ohio voters’ personal information. Sharing data should only be done carefully, lawfully, and for the purpose of encouraging voter participation, not restricting it.”

Kris Kobach’s long history of attacks on voters was most recently documented in this piece. Officials in Kentucky, Virginia, and California have already announced their refusal to cooperate with his request.

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