President Trump's personally assembled election commission is seeking private details from every registered voter in the country. Here's what Texas voters need to know:
- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach heads the panel and was recently fined by a federal judge for making “patently misleading representations to the court” about documents related to the National Voter Registration Act.
- Kobach sent a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, requesting a wide range of information, including:
- the full first and last names, middle names or initials if available
- last four digits of social security number if available
- voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward
- information regarding any felony convictions
- There are no laws that force the state of Texas to comply with the panel's request.
- Social Security numbers are not considered public record.
- As of now, the Texas Secretary of State has indicated that he only intends to share information that is already considered public under State law, including the full names of all registrants, addresses of most registrants, dates of birth, and voting history from 2006 onward.
- On July 10, 2017, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit over the lack of transparency by President Trump’s election commission.
What you can do:
- Do not remove yourself from voter registration rolls. It is your constitutional right to vote.
- Contact Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos and demand that he not provide ANY of the requested data:
- E-mail the Texas Secretary of State
- Phone: (512) 463-5650
- Sign the petition to end voter suppression behind closed doors.