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Virginia, Kentucky and California Reject Trump's Voter Fraud Investigation

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So far, three states have rejected calls from President Trump's commission on election integrity to turn over their complete voter roll data.

The commission requested voters' names, birthdays, the last four digits of their social security numbers, as well as voting history back to 2006, from all 50 states.

Elected officials in California, Kentucky and Virginia all stated they have no intention of complying with the commission's requests.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) made it quite clear that his state has no interest in turning over the data, stating “I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally” in the last election. 

According to a 2014 Pew Research poll, California has the largest population of illegal immigrants in the country. According to Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and senior legal fellow at the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation, California may also be incredibly susceptible to voter fraud due to lack of oversight.

Despite refusing to turn over voter data to the federal government, Virginia has actually weathered a recent voter fraud scandal itself. One investigation was launched after it was discovered that 20 dead people had been registered in last year's election.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation has claimed thousands of votes were cast by non-citizen voters who were taken off voter rolls because they were non-citizens. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has also vetoed several bills that would have made it easier to investigate voter fraud, claiming the commission on election integrity "was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) explained her objection to the request by repeating the claim that voter fraud is not a widespread issue. She also said that the entire commission is a waste of time and money, saying, “Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country."

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