South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is considering a second request from the presidential advisory commission on election integrity for South Dakota voter registration data, an aide to Krebs said Friday. The July 26 request differs from the previous one because it promises voter information won’t be released to the public, according to spokesman Jason Williams. “The commission also stated in the second letter that they were no longer requesting personal identifying information such as Social Security numbers, driver license numbers, and full date of birth,” Williams said. He added: “This request is currently being reviewed by legal counsel to ensure that South Dakotan’s personal information is properly protected according to state law.”
Krebs rejected the commission’s first attempt. That letter from commission vice chairman Kris Kobach advised Krebs to “please be aware that any documents that are submitted to the full commission will also be made available to the public.”
Kobach, a Republican, is Kansas secretary of state. Krebs is a Republican who made the jump in 2014 from a state senator to secretary of state. She cited two specific South Dakota laws in her reply to Kobach.
Krebs said state laws precluded posting information in a manner that allowed unrestricted access to certain information in the voter registration file, including Social Security numbers, driver license identification numbers, and full dates of birth.