A nonpartisan group that advocates on election issues is raising concerns about a federal commission’s request for voter information. Nebraskans for Civic Reform called into question the information that can be provided under Nebraska law and how the data might be used. The Lincoln-based group also questioned the role of a key member of President Donald Trump’s voting commission, which is tasked with investigating allegations of voter fraud. In a letter sent Monday, Nebraskans for Civic Reform and the ACLU of Nebraska urged Secretary of State John Gale to reject the commission’s request to “protect the integrity of our voting records and the personal privacy of countless Nebraska citizens.” Gale has not made a decision on the commission’s request, said spokeswoman Laura Strimple.
A spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts said the Governor’s Office has been in touch with Gale’s office. Taylor Gage noted that Ricketts had not received communication from Trump’s administration on the matter.
… Jane Kleeb, chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said the commission’s request is “an overreach and is a major red flag for Nebraskans.”
“If Trump truly cares about the integrity of elections, our country would ensure all of our county election offices have paper ballot backups and updated election equipment along with partisan gerrymandering fixed and open polling locations on the weekends for early voting,” she said.