Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday he will not hand over detailed voter information to President Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud as part of a settlement with the Idaho Democratic Party. Idaho now joins 17 other states and the District of Columbia also refusing to comply with the commission’s request. Many others plan to provide only limited publicly available information. “We are very pleased to tell Idahoans that we have protected their privacy by negotiating for an agreement that Secretary Denney will not send the voter information sought by the Trump Commission,” said Bert Marley, chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party. Idaho Democratic officials sued Denney earlier this month arguing that the commission’s probe is illegal because Idaho law bans releasing private information for commercial use.
The commission had originally given all 50 states until July 14 to hand over key points of voter data including names, dates of birth and the last four digits of each voter’s Social Security numbers. However, the commission has since backed off from that request after facing multiple legal challenges.
“Everything was already on hold,” Denney said. “But we will not be sending anything out. If we get another request, a formal one, I don’t see how I can’t hand over public information.”
Denney said he agreed not comply with the original request sent by Trump’s voter panel as part of the agreement with the Idaho Democratic Party. Furthermore, Denney will give the state Democratic Party a 10-day notice if he considers complying with any future requests from the commission — the same amount of time the state has to fulfill a public records request.