Digital security experts say the commission's request would centralize and lay bare a valuable cache of information that cyber criminals could use for identity theft scams - or that foreign spies could leverage for disinformation schemes.
Jason Kander, head of Let America Vote, has called the GOP voter fraud narrative and Trump's claim of voter fraud "the biggest lie ever told by a sitting U.S. President".
Louisiana will not comply with a request from President Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity to hand over data on Louisiana voters. Many states have balked at fulfilling all of the information sought by the White House commission because of privacy concerns, choosing instead to send only publicly available data or declining to cooperate. A voter's name, address and voting history are public, and this information has already been provided to campaigns and other requestors who have paid for it. Wisconsin does not collect any information about a voter's political preference or gender.
Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Johnson, said Friday that MI had not yet received the request for statewide voter data, including names, addresses, voting histories, and the last four digits of social security numbers.
This is good news. "What are they trying to hide?"
"This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November", he said in a statement released last Friday.
In addition to Louisiana, states like California, Kentucky, and MS will not comply. Mississippi's Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said last week that he had not yet received the letter, but said the commission should "jump in the Gulf of Mexico".
"The department has no authority not to provide voter data". Previous election commissions have tried to steer a less politicized course, and were often led by respected elder statesmen from both parties, he said.
"The bigger the purse, the more effort folks would spend to get at it", said Joe Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a digital advocacy group. However, Secretaries of State, who are not part of the DoD, likely don't trust those certificates and would have a broken HTTPS connection.
Critics have accused Trump of forming the commission looking into possible voter fraud because he has said he lost the popular vote only because of illegal voting.
Trump attacked the majority of states denying the panel's request over the weekend. "And the request. does not include any indication of how the data will be used, let alone the required statement of intent under Maryland law".