Despite earlier objections by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York will share its voter database with the Trump administration.
In late June, the Democratic governor said the state would not comply with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a committee tasked with investigating voter fraud. The commission initially requested the names, dates of birth, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voter history of registered voters dating back to 2006 from each state.
But during a Wednesday meeting of the state’s Board of Elections, members of the board said they had received a Freedom of Information Law request for the state’s voter records. A bipartisan group of commissioners agreed to share the database of roughly 12 million voting records with the Trump administration.
In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Cuomo said that the presidential commission submitted a revised request to the Board of Elections under the Freedom of Information Law seeking publicly available information that did not include the controversial “sensitive personal data,” according to the statement.
“To be clear, the original letter from the president’s Election Commission requested information that the commission is not legally entitled to obtain. Accordingly, our administration rejected that request because it not only violated privacy rights—but also state law. Our position remains unchanged and we will continue to deny requests for sensitive personal data about New York residents, which is protected under the law. We will never provide private voter information to anyone, especially a politically motivated organization seeking to perpetuate the myth of voter fraud,” Cuomo said in an emailed statement Wednesday afternoon.