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Florida complies, somewhat, with data request by Trump commission

Ken Detzner

Special to the Times

Ken Detzner

Florida agreed Thursday to comply with a request from President Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission to provide extensive voter roll data — but only partially.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner said the state will provide the data that is publicly available, but will not hand over any information on voters that is not public, including driver license numbers or social security information.

The Presidential Advisory Commission for Voter Integrity sent a letter on June 28 to state election officials asking them to hand over voter data by July 14. The commission requested a long list of information "if publicly available under the laws of your state," including voters' names, registration status, political party affiliation, voting history, partial social security numbers and other information.

Detzner replied in a letter to the commission Thursday.

"We are glad to continuing following Florida's public records law by providing the requested information to you that is publicly available. Although most of the information you've requested is available to the public in Florida, we cannot fully comply with your entire request," he wrote. "Driver's license information and social security numbers are not, and cannot be provided under section 97.0585, Florida statutes."

Democrats weren't impressed.

The lack of evidence of any widespread voting fraud should have convinced Florida not to comply with the data request at all, according to a Florida Democratic Party spokeswoman.

"Every election official should be making it crystal clear how absurd this 'election integrity' commission is," said Johanna Cervone. "It is grossly irresponsible for Secretary Detzner to even entertain a request from a commission that is propagating a blatant lie — widespread voter fraud does not exist. Do Rick Scott and Ken Detzner believe that 3 to 5 million votes were cast illegally in the last election? If that's what they believe, then they should make that clear to the people of Florida immediately."

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[Last modified: Thursday, July 6, 2017 7:37pm]


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