No RI Voter Data Will Go To Washington, For Now

Jul 12, 2017

Rhode Island will not provide the federal government with any voter roll information, following a White House email calling for a pause in the collection of data.

The Trump administration had requested the data as part of an investigation into claims of voter fraud across the country.

The notice to hold off came from the office of Vice President Mike Pence, who chairs the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The directive is a response to lawsuits filed by various civil liberties groups in response to the federal requests.

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Gov. Gina Raimondo had already said the Ocean State would withhold some information, such as social security numbers, party affiliation, or other personal information.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed led a national coalition of Democratic senators asking the commission to drop the request unless it could address security concerns.

Some lawmakers feared eligible voters would be erroneously removed from voter rolls.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Gorbea said the office is waiting for further direction from the Trump administration before proceeding.