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Fri Jun 30, 2017, 10:04 PM

Texas won't release private voter info to Trump administration

I am pleased but surprised by this https://www.dallasnews.com/news/elections/2017/06/30/texas-will-releasevoters-private-info-trump-election-commission

"The Secretary of State's office will provide the Election Integrity Commission with public information and will protect the private information of Texas citizens while working to maintain the security and integrity of our state's elections system," Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos said in an emailed statement. "As always, my office will continue to exercise the utmost care whenever sensitive voter information is required to be released by state or federal law."

Information such as name, address and political party are public information in Texas, as is voting method (absentee, provisional, early) and registration effective date. Social Security numbers are not public, according to Pablos' office, and therefore will not be released.

President Donald Trump formed the election commission after claiming million of people voted illegally in last year's election; the claim, as well as his insistence that he lost the popular vote due to this alleged voter fraud, have been repeatedly debunked.

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Reply Texas won't release private voter info to Trump administration (Original post)
Gothmog Jun 2017 OP
Thinkingabout Jun 2017 #1
gopiscrap Jun 2017 #2
furtheradu Jun 2017 #3
furtheradu Jun 2017 #4
Doreen Jun 2017 #5
Gothmog Jul 2017 #6

Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 10:06 PM

1. I am surprised, I thought they would dump everything.

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 10:07 PM

2. Wow, Texas?

that surprises me

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 10:28 PM

3. How SWEEEEET is THIS?!?

Don't tell ME phone calls, texts, email, & in the streets don't matter!!
TEXAS, HECK YEAH!

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Response to Gothmog (Original post)

Fri Jun 30, 2017, 10:31 PM

4. Thanks for this! WooHooooooo!

I got excited & forgot my manners.

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Fri Jun 30, 2017, 11:16 PM

5. Texas of all places.

I thought they looove trump so much they would bend over for him. NOTE: I am not talking about our wonderful Texas DU family.

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Sun Jul 2, 2017, 09:26 AM

6. This is from Glen Maxey with the Texas democratic party

Glen works for the Texas Democratic Party and is the TDP expert on election issues. I have worked with Glen on some issues and he was the state party's person in charge at the National Convention in Philadelphia.
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Two sessions ago, the Republicans passed "Crosscheck" through the Texas legislature. This was a program to send all our voter data to the state of Kansas who ran a program to cross check it to other participating states to find "duplicates". I fought it vigorously, but it passed. That program is run by Mr. Korbach, Kansas Sec. of State.

Our SOS didn't implement the program because there was another statute in the Goverment code that prohibited sending dates of birth and social security and driver's license numbers to others.

In this past session, the Republicans tried to allow our data to be shared, but that failed. So it's still against the law.

Mr. Korbach, the Kansas SOS, is well known for writing the Arizona anti-immigrant "Papers Please" law. He has a long record of removing voters from voter rolls in Kansas who should be legal voters. He gets passed the most restrictive voter registration law in Kansas where you have to present proof of citizenship to register to vote (passport or birth certificate). He's just a general right wing bigot ass wipe.

So Trump puts this SOB in charge of his "voter protection" commission with a mission of proving that the three million undocument folks voted (NOT). And that dead people voted (NOT. Yes, there are dead people on voter roles because people die daily and there is a process for removing them that takes a while to make sure the correct person is being removed. Clerks have to wait until the death to be listed on the state Death Index). And that people are registered in multiple states (True, because there is no mechanism to remove a voter when the register in another state. But that doesn't mean they are voting in two states).

Korbach has ordered each state to turn over all their voter data. For what purpose? Who knows? The problem is there is no federal law in place for how to warehouse this data, how to protect it, etc. He had even asked them to just upload it to an unsecure website. HACK!

Well, the reaction is been pretty harsh. Over half of the states have refused. My favorite was Mississippi who said "Jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great place to jump from" (I paraphrase, but pretty close).

Our great state of Texas, of course, says we'll send our public data. Positive: they aren't going to break Texas law and send TDL, DOB and phone numbers. Negative: the public data without those identifiers means you can't do any data matches with security that you're actually getting the right person. Just know that in Texas there are over 500 John Smith's with the same date of birth.

This is a fuck up of royal proportions and the Texas SOS should just say NO like these other states (lots of red states included).

Texas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12887
Austin, Texas 78711-2887

(512) 463-5650
1-800-252-8683

Formal way to file a complaint:

Complaint Form

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/complaintform-sos.pdf

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