Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice are asking states including Kansas for information related to the National Voter Registration Act — a move made the same day that the president’s commission on voter fraud sent a request for “publicly available voter roll data.” In a letter sent June 28, Justice Department officials requested data on how states purge registrations of people who have died or moved. The letter seeks information to confirm that states are complying with federal law and keeping voting lists updated. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on the same day sent requests for voter registration information to all states in his role as vice chairman of President Donald Trump’s commission on voter fraud. Numerous states have said they will not provide some or all of the information that Kobach requested.
Washington’s secretary of state earlier this week made public the request she received from the Justice Department.
When asked if Kansas had received a similar letter, Kobach spokesperson Samantha Poetter confirmed it.
“We have received this letter,” Poetter said Wednesday in a statement. “We are currently reviewing it.”