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U.S. request for Alaska voter information now on hold

  • Author: Nathaniel Herz
  • Updated: December 2, 2017
  • Published July 10, 2017

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said Monday that the state will not turn over its voter data to President Donald Trump's election and voter fraud commission after the commission itself put its request on hold because of a lawsuit.

Walker's administration had previously said it would turn over public voter data to the commission, which has drawn criticism from civil rights groups that argue its work is aimed at voter suppression. Officials in other states had refused  to comply with the request whatsoever, but Alaska officials said they would only withhold private voter information like Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

On Monday, the commission emailed state officials to say its request was on hold until the resolution of a request for a temporary restraining order tied to a federal lawsuit, filed last week by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

Walker's office, in a prepared statement late Monday, said it will re-evaluate the commission's request if it's renewed.

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