Ed Murray: Requested Information Would Violate Voter Privacy
Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray says meeting a request for information from a federal commission investigating voter fraud would release overly personal information and probably violate state law.
President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission recently asked all 50 states for voter information as part of a probe into allegations of fraud during the 2016 election.
Murray says that while he supports the idea of looking into voter fraud, he isn't comfortable releasing information including the last four digits of voter's Social Security numbers, dates of birth and felony convictions, among other details.
He says of the investigation "I want to keep our voters out of it," adding he doesn't see how supplying personal information on Wyoming voters will help crack down on election fraud. The secretary also says a "conservative reading" of state law shows releasing the information would probably violate Wyoming law.
Murray says that is important because running elections is clearly a state rather than a federal responsibility under the U.S.constitution. He also says Wyoming doesn't have a voter fraud problem, in part because of the checks and balances that are in place to prevent it and in part because the state's small population make fraud difficult.
The secretary says his understanding is that so far "upwards of 44" states have rejected the federal information request. Murray made the comments on KGAB radio in Cheyenne on Thursday morning.