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Fri Jun 30, 2017, 06:05 PM

Oregon SOS mum on Trump's request for voter data amid fraud investigation

Oregon Secretary of State mum on Trump's request for voter data amid fraud investigation

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Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has not made a public comment yet about the White House request, drawing criticism from democratic leaders. KGW reached out to Richardson's office Friday morning and has not yet received a response.

Oregon law states the Secretary of State must turn over a list of voter names for a $500 fee. Other data which Trump is requesting is not required to be released under state law, and some is protected under the state's address confidentiality program.

U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) called on Richardson to deny the White House request from Kris Kobach, the White House commission vice chairman.

"Richardson should follow the lead of other SOSs & not send Oregonians' voter data to Kobach's commission," Wyden tweeted. "There is no way the federal govt should get Oregoniansí sensitive information when it canít even keep classified staffer data safe."

"Ron's got it right. The Kobach request is stupid!" Blumenauer responded.

Oregon representatives Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland) and Rob Nosse (D-Portland) issued a joint statement, urging Richardson to protect the privacy of Oregonians.

"When President Trump signed an executive order in May creating the Advisory Commission, you reportedly said you would decline any invitation to participate, citing Oregon's 'open and honest' election system," Warner and Nosse said. "Please join with Secretaries of State and Governors in California, Virginia, and Kentucky who have already responded to Kobach, and reject this federal intrusion into our state system."


See this thread from yesterday - report on my phone call to SOS office:

I called again just now and they have a recording saying that they are receiving a lot of calls and the SOS is reviewing the request. Under OR law, driver's license and SS number cannot be made public and to email concerns to elections.sos@oregon.gov.

Then they say stay on the line to talk to someone. The woman who answered was very nice and said they expect a statement by the end of the day-he is reviewing stuff. She said she personally has had about 60 calls today and there are five other people answering the phones. It's almost closing time so it will have to emails after 5 PDT.

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Fri Jun 30, 2017, 06:34 PM

1. hopefully this whole issue will make more people aware of the existence of state SOS's

and maybe this will help build momentum for demanding that SOS's not only protect privacy of voters, but that they provide transparency and integrity with elections -- something they are not doing right now since they are using computerized voting machines & tabulation

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Fri Jun 30, 2017, 07:57 PM

2. Done.

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