New Jersey appears not to have shared any of the information that President Trump’s voter fraud commission first requested in June, and state election officials won’t clarify their stance on the commission’s work or say if they will cooperate. Robert Giles, director of the New Jersey Division of Elections, said last month that the request for voter data was “under review” and that the state would not release information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity “that is not publicly available or does not follow the appropriate legal process for information requests.” On Friday, the division said that it had no documents responsive to an Open Public Records Act request for correspondence the division has had with the commission since the beginning of June, including any voter information it may have shared. Since then, election officials have not returned several messages seeking to clarify whether the commission has filed a formal request for information and whether New Jersey would share the data if such a request is made.
A media contact for the commission also did not respond to questions this week about the commission’s request for voter data in New Jersey.
Trump created the commission in May to review the legitimacy of U.S. elections after claiming, without evidence, that millions of fraudulent votes had been cast in the 2016 presidential election. The highly controversial panel held its first meeting last month and has survived early legal challenges that sought to stop its work.