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Ohio's Top Election Official Won't Give Private Info To President Trump's Election Commission

Secretary of State Jon Husted
Secretary of State Jon Husted

The vice chairman of President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity has sent a letter to all 50 states, asking for registered voters’ names, birthdays, political affiliations, voting history and last four digits of social security numbers. Here is how Ohio’s Secretary of State is handling this.

Secretary of State Jon Husted voted for President Trump, but has consistently pushed back Trump's claims of a "rigged" election. In a written statement, Husted says much of the voter registration information Trump's commission wants is already public record in Ohio. But confidential information such as social security or driver’s license numbers are not, so Husted says those will not be provided to the commission. Husted says his office is willing to give the federal government ideas on how it can better support the state in running elections. But he says he wants to make it very clear that Ohio doesn’t want any federal intervention in the state’s right and responsibility to conduct elections.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.