Election officials across the 50 states received a letter this week from Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State and the vice chairman of a White House commission looking into voter fraud. The commission is chaired by Pence and was established by Trump after his claims that 5 million people voted illegally in the election that brought him into office. Requested in the letter: names, addresses, dates of birth, political party, last 4 digits of SSN, and which elections each person voted in in since 2006. For all voters. In the country. Kobach is known for advocating that state voter data be compared to auxiliary sources to pick out non-citizens or people otherwise ineligible to register.
Voter advocacy groups argue that such a comparison process is flawed and will result in legitimate voters being barred from the vote. CA’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, responded that he would not provide sensitive voter information to the commission. Democrats are wary of Kobach’s motives in seeking these data, as well as those of the commission, claiming that the lack of transparency is evidence of efforts to suppress votes.