Wyoming is joining more than 20 states in refusing to turn over public voter data to a federal commission investigating the integrity of elections. “I’m going to decline to provide any Wyoming voter information,” Secretary of State Ed Murray told the Star-Tribune on Monday. “It’s not sitting well with me.” The Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity sent a request to all 50 states last week, asking them to turn over any publicly available personal voter data. Many state officials, from across the political spectrum, have declined to do so.
Murray said he was concerned that the request risked the privacy of Wyoming voters and may be part of an attempt to create federal regulations governing the electoral process, which he believes would contradict the role states have in running elections.
“Elections are the responsibility of states under the Constitution,” Murray said. “I’m wondering if this request could lead to some federal overreach.”