(SD)-Gale Gives Conditional Yes To Election Commission Data Request Listen
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Secretary of State John Gales says he will comply with a federal commission's request for publicly available voter information, but only if he gets assurances about how the data will be used and secured.
Gale said in a statement Thursday that not only does he have concerns about how data will be kept private in a national database, the commission set up by President Trump hasn't specified its reasons for requesting the data, so he doesn't know whether releasing it complies with state law.
Governor Pete Ricketts told a news conference Thursday afternoon that he feels Gale is taking the correct stance on the request.
The Trump commission was formed to investigate the president's still unsubstantiated claimed that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall, and is asking for such voter information as names, party registration, voting history, and the last 4 digits of every voter's Social Security number.
Some critics, mostly Democrats, say the panel is looking for ways to suppress the vote minorities, but others of both parties focus on the actual information being requested, calling it an invasion of privacy.
Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray cited the later in denying the commission's request. Both he and Gale, like Trump, are Republicans.
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