Secretary of State Shantel Krebs has elaborated on her reason for rejecting the Trump election fraud panel’s request for sensitive personal data on all South Dakota voters. Secretary Krebs tells me that the request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for electronic voter data files may well violate SDCL 12-4-41, which prohibits users of the statewide voter registration file from placing any of that information “for unrestricted access on the internet.”
The letter from commission vice chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach does not say the information would be posted online, but it does advise that “any documents that are submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the public.” However, as we saw with the Deep Root analytics leak of data on 198 million voters, when Trump-Republicans gather data, we can’t count on their contractors keeping that data off the Internet.
Secretary Krebs tells KELO-TV she’ll reconsider the commission’s request if the commission resends its letter and makes clear the data will not be made public. However, the Trump election fraud commission will also have to revise its request to avoid the violations I reported Friday of releasing Social Security and driver’s license information and releasing the data without receiving the proper request form and the statutorily required $2,500 fee for the electronic master voter file.
As we can see, contrary to Trump’s insinuation, Secretary Krebs isn’t trying to hide anything; she, unlike Trump, is just trying to follow the law.
The National Association of Secretaries of State meets this week, July 7–10, in Indianapolis. The NASS has received a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus urging their members not to comply with the Kobach request, as the Caucus has “little doubt that if complied with, these letters — issued unilaterally without any vote or public discussion — would lead to an unprecedented, nationwide voter suppression effort.” So far, election officials in more than half of the 50 states and in the District of Columbia have fully or partially rejected the election-fraud commission’s request.