Request for Sensitive Voter Data is Merely a Tool for Suppression


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Request for Sensitive Voter Data is Merely a Tool for Suppression


July 9, 2017, Washington, DC – Less than a week after requesting sensitive voter information from all 50 state secretaries of state, Vice President Pence revealed that the data would be compared to federal databases to “check for potential fraudulent registration.” The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) denounces this blatant effort to purge the voter rolls and further suppress the vote. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“When President Trump signed the executive order establishing the Pence-Kobach Election Integrity Commission to investigate alleged voter fraud, we knew it was really an attempt to bolster his allegation that 3 million people voted fraudulently in the last election. It is bad enough that a commission has been established to study a problem that does not exist, but the recent news that the Commission intends to collect sensitive voter data, including parts of social security numbers, and compare it to various federal databases is highly objectionable.

“Commission Vice Chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has a long history of suppressing the vote in his state, including removing valid voters from state voting rolls due to data discrepancies later deemed immaterial. Collecting and compiling state information and comparing it to federal databases is similarly likely return a number of irregularities, giving the Commission an excuse to bar individuals from accessing the ballot.

“In addition to suppressing the vote, compiling sensitive voter data is also an issue of privacy and national security. Our nation already struggles to combat domestic and international cyberattacks, and providing one database with all voter information is incredibly risky.

“Numerous state secretaries of state have already stood up against this government overreach, and we applaud their efforts to protect the integrity of US elections. We urge the Commission to retract this request and focus on real issues of voter suppression.”

 

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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