On Wednesday, Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Vice Chair Kris Kobach sent a letter to state election officials requesting publicly available voter registration information to help the Commission do its work:
In addition, in order for the Commission to fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting, I am requesting that you provide to the Commission the publicly available voter roll data for [your state], including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information.
Despite this request being limited to existing and only publicly available information, the left has decried this as a witch hunt, voter suppression tool, intrusive into voters' privacy, and federal overreach.
Liberals and Democrats admit that the voter registration rolls are messy and that this is a problem, but they resist local election officials' attempts to clean them or determine what systems would help them be more accurate.
Rhode Island recently announced that it has found 150,000 inaccurate voter registration records in a state with a voting age population of 842,321. Shouldn't states be welcoming the opportunity to prevent such inaccuracies from occurring? This is a problem that the left and right agree exists. If the left won't participate in even studying an issue that they admit is a problem, that begs the question if the left cares about fixing any part of our election process.