Tommy: Why did Louisiana reject Trump request for voter data?

Tommy Tucker, WWL First News
July 05, 2017 - 2:13 pm

President Trump has made numerous comments about voter fraud, and he pledged to get to the bottom of it once he got in office.  Well, he’s taken steps to do just that.  He created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and the head of the Commission requested voter data from all 50 states.  Many, including Louisiana, rejected that request.  The President was, shall we say, less than pleased.


To find out why Louisiana did, I spoke with Secretary of State Tom Schedler, a Republican, about it. 

“Secretary Kobach’s letter clearly states that he’s only asking for public information available under the laws of the state.  I have no problem with that part.”

So what is the concern?

“There is another list that I highly protect that is the core of this issue.  It gives mother’s maiden name, your birthday, and your social security number.  If I gave you that, you could steal somebody’s identity.”

Schedler said he was just trying to protect the voters of Louisiana.  He also pointed out that this was consistent with past actions.

“I told President Obama, Eric Holder and the Department of Justice, the NAACP, and the old ACORN group that sued me…they asked for the same information – mother’s maiden name, Social Security, date of birth, on and on and on.  I refused. Judge Brady literally almost put me in contempt of court.”

The bottom line according to Schedler?

“Tom Schedler’s being consistent in saying if it’s not good enough for Obama, it’s not good enough for Trump.”

Does he think the issue of voter fraud should be looked at?

“Absolutely. But I think there are difference ways the federal government can handle it.  The Constitution gives very clearly to each state, it’s a state’s rights issue of the time, place, and manner of elections in that state.”

Why did Louisiana object to Pres. Trump's voter fraud commission request?

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