Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams told the Trump administration in a letter dated Friday that the state’s election system works well and that a blanket request for voter information isn’t an effective way to seek out fraud. Williams’ nine-page response to President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission includes several recommendations to improve elections and suggests that it look elsewhere in its mission to uncover wrongdoing. “While this data may serve a purpose,” Williams wrote in his letter to the commission Friday, “a single request for data that lacks the non-public data necessary to accurately match voters across states can’t be used to effectively assess the accuracy of voter rolls.”
Williams, a Republican, urged the voter commission to reach out to the Election Registration and Information Center — a 20-state group that maintains elections, motor vehicle, death, felon and other records and is maintained by member states’ agencies.
Trump established the advisory commission in May with a broad mandate, but the effort has been clouded by partisanship and distrust from the start. That’s in no small part because the order came after Trump alleged without evidence that as many as 5 million people voted illegally in his 2016 election victory against Hillary Clinton.
The commission is tasked with investigating voter fraud, voter suppression and other vulnerabilities in the U.S. election infrastructure.