Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is denying a sweeping request by a federal voter commission for registration information of all voters in Arizona. President Donald Trump created the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May after he claimed without evidence that 2 million to 3 million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Last week, the commission sent letters to secretaries of state of all 50 states requesting all “publicly available” information of voters including names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliation, and last four digits of Social Security numbers. … Reagan said after she received the request letter on Monday she conferred with her attorneys and decided that releasing any information to the commission would not be “in the best interests of the state.”
“I share the concerns of many Arizonans that the Commission’s request could implicate serious privacy concerns,” Reagan said in a statement released to the public. She added that “federal law does not give the commission authority to unilaterally acquire and disseminate such sensitive information.”
The announcement is a surprising change of course. As 12 News previously reported, Reagan and Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes were considering the release of limited information including names, addresses and voter registration history, in accordance with Arizona Public Records Law. They never considered releasing more sensitive information including Social Security numbers and birth dates because doing so would be illegal.