Deutch Leads Florida Democratic Representatives in Urging Governor Scott to Protect Voter Information
Representatives Call on Governor Scott to Reject President Trump’s Invasive Voter Data Request
Today, Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22) led members of the Florida Democratic Congressional Delegation in asking Florida Governor Rick Scott to reject President Trump’s request for Florida’s voter information including names, addresses, party affiliation, electoral participation history, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers as part of the President’s thinly veiled attempt to block legitimate access to the right to vote.
The letter was cosigned by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Al Lawson (FL-5).
“As you know, more than half of all states have declined to provide sensitive information about their states’ voters at the request of the bogus voter fraud commission President Trump established in spite of having no evidence whatsoever that widespread voter fraud has occurred in the United States. We expect you to treat Florida voters with the same respect by refusing to turn over their personal information,” the Members wrote. “We share your goal of ‘100 percent participation and zero percent fraud,’ and we hope that you will use your position to deliver this goal to Florida’s election systems. But this work must be done in a way that respects the privacy and due process rights of the state’s voters.”
After losing the popular vote in the 2016 Presidential Election by nearly 3 million votes, President Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in an attempt to explain what is the most lopsided popular vote loss of any president in American history. As part of the President’s effort to chill electoral participation, he established a so-called “electoral integrity” commission to search for the first evidence of widespread voter fraud.
By making this overbroad and invasive request, the commission has been accused of politicizing voter information by even Republican election officials such as Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler. The commission’s actions are reminiscent of Governor Scott’s efforts to purge valid voters from Florida’s registration rolls in 2012. In their letter, the Members point out that even the State of Kansas has refused to provide all of the information requested by their own Secretary of State, who is vice chair of President Trump’s commission.
Congressman Deutch and other Members of the Florida Democratic Congressional Delegation have repeatedly urged Governor Scott to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a multi-state data sharing compact that would allow Florida to efficiently and accurately bolster the integrity of Florida’s voter registration files without jeopardizing access to the ballot or threatening the privacy of Florida’s voters. He has yet to do so.
The full text of the letter is available here.