Illinois Must Not Comply with the Pence-Kobach Commission's Request for Private Voter Data

On June 28, the vice chairman of President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sent a letter to election authorities across the United States seeking voter roll data that includes name, address, birth date, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history going back to 2006.

State responses to the Commission's request can be seen here.

In Illinois, our Voting Rights Project worked with the Just Democracy Illinois coalition to send a letter to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) urging them to deny the Pence-Kobach Commission's intrusive request for sensitive voter information.

 ISBE then denied the Commission’s request.

Many states across the country have declined to provide the Pence-Kobach Commission with this data. The Commission is poised to suppress and intimidate voters, even though it purports to address voter fraud, an extremely rare occurrence that should be addressed in collaboration with voters, community organizations, and local election administrators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explicitly stated that we should not “spend any federal money investigating” voter fraud, and an increasing number of officials from both parties have criticized the Commission.