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League of Women Voter of Maine Urges Secretary Dunlap to Reject Election Commission Request for Voter Registration Data

The League cites concerns about the purpose of the request, the security in sharing voter information, and a possible conflict of interest in asking that the Commission's request be denied.

Press Release July 3, 2017

Augusta - Today the League of Women Voters of Maine (LWVME) sent a letter to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap encouraging him to reject the request from the Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, on behalf of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to turn over Maine voter registration data to the Commission.

The letter reads, in part:

"We do not believe the Commission is genuinely seeking to preserve and promote voter participation and election integrity but rather is unjustifiably and inappropriately collecting information about voters in order to suppress voter participation and to promote a false narrative about voter fraud."

To date, sixteen states have stated publicly that they would not comply with the request, and the League believes that Maine should be among them.

Read the full letter here.

Read the statement from the League of Women Voters of the U.S. opposing request for voter records here.