By Rochelle Olson , Star Tribune June 30, 2017 - 10:13 PM Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said Friday that he won’t fulfill a request from a presidential panel to ship voter registration information for some 4 million Minnesota voters to Washington.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Vice President Mike Pence are overseeing the commission, which Trump established in May to explore his unfounded claim that millions of people voted illegally in the last election.
In a letter Thursday, Kobach asked election chiefs in every state to provide, if public, the names of registered voters, party affiliation, last four digits of Social Security numbers, voting history back to 2006, felony convictions, military history and voter registration in another state.
Minnesotans gain nothing by pretending no one in our state ever votes illegally, but we have a lot to gain by making sure every legal vote counts.” “It should be a shared goal of Democrats and Republicans to ensure integrity and fairness in our elections and protect the concept of ‘one person, one vote,’ ” Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt said in a statement.
Minnesota law limits the purposes for which voter data can be purchased and used.