If President Donald Trump was at all concerned with his standing in the Republican Party, the response to his administration’s sweeping demand for voter datawould have given him pause.
Election officials in 44 states say they cannot or will not turn over all of the data the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is seeking, which includes the names of all registered voters, as well as their addresses, dates of birth, last four digits of their Social Security numbers and other data.
A few states are refusing to provide any of the requested information, citing concerns with voter suppression. But most, including Iowa, have refused to provide some element of what’s being sought — in some cases because state law expressly forbids that sort of information sharing.
The White House has had two conflicting responses to this development.