WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday that New York State will not comply with the request for voter data by the voter integrity commission created by President Donald Trump to examine what he said were millions of fraudulent voters in the 2016 election.
Cuomo joins officials in other states in pushing back against the request of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for extensive and private voter information.
The commission’s letter requests voter names, addresses, dates of birth, party affiliations, voting histories back to 2006, active or inactive status, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, felony convictions and military status.
“New York refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“We will not be complying with this request and I encourage the Election Commission to work on issues of vital importance to voters, including ballot access, rather than focus on debunked theories of voter fraud,” he said.
The commission sent the letter Wednesday and gives secretaries of state about two weeks to provide about a dozen points of voter data.
The data will help the commission “fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting,” vice chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach wrote.
And though he sent the letter requesting the voter data, Kobach said Kansas won’t submit Social Security information.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she was “alarmed” by the commission’s request and what it will do with the data.
Feinstein and other Democrats said the commission aimed to support the president’s “lies” about voter fraud and make it harder for Americans to exercise their right to vote.
Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton but alleged without evidence that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally. He created the commission by executive order in May.
Officials in at least a half-dozen states, including California, Virginia and Kentucky, said they would refuse to comply.
Officials in several other states said they would turn over the publicly available version of voter information but would not include sensitive information such as Social Security digits.
Under New York State law, a press aide said, election officials would not be allowed to submit Social Security information.
California and Virginia officials said attention would be better spent upgrading aging voting systems or focusing on Russia’s alleged election meddling. Trump has alleged “serious voter fraud” in both states.
“California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud,” Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement.
Clinton won California by about 3 million votes.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said there is no evidence of voter fraud in the state.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican, said she won’t provide information about voters’ Social Security numbers, birth dates, political affiliation or voting history.
Officials in Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Utah and Wisconsin also said they would withhold private voter information while submitting publicly available data.
With The Associated Press