States told to hold voter data for now

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CONCORD, N.H. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s com­mis­sion on elec­tion fraud is telling states to hold off on pro­vid­ing de­tailed voter in­for­ma­tion in the face of in­creas­ing le­gal chal­lenges.

The com­mis­sion had given states un­til Fri­day to pro­vide data in­clud­ing names, birth dates and par­tial So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, but in an email Mon­day, the panel’s des­ig­nated of­fi­cer told states to hold off un­til a judge rules on a law­suit filed by the Elec­tronic Pri­vacy In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter in Washington.

In its ini­tial fil­ings in that case, the com­mis­sion said it planned to col­lect the data through a De­fense Depart­ment file ex­change pro­gram. Af­ter the pri­vacy group said that sys­tem was nei­ther se­cure nor ap­proved to col­lect such in­for­ma­tion, the com­mis­sion said the di­rec­tor of White House in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy would re­pur­pose an ex­ist­ing sys­tem in­stead, and in­for­ma­tion al­ready sent by Arkansas through the De­fense Depart­ment pro­gram would be deleted.

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