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Voter commission member: We should 'refine' search
06:45 - Source: CNN

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Nearly every state has indicated an inability to provide at least some of the information sought

Dunlap said the committee "should probably refine what it is (they're) looking for"

CNN  — 

A Democratic member of President Donald Trump’s commission on voter fraud and election integrity says he wants to see the panel “refine” its search.

Nearly every state has indicated an inability to provide at least some of the information sought by the panel, which had requested what was publicly available from them, with some states citing legal limitations due to state privacy laws and others outright refusing to participate.

The information sought includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas. Specific state laws map out what is and what is not publicly available.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo described Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on “New Day” Friday “as one of the secretaries of states that doesn’t want to turn over all of the information that’s been requested.” Cuomo noted the apparent contradiction between Dunlap’s refusal to provide information while participating in the panel.

“One of the things that’s been discussed is the accusation that millions of votes were cast illegally,” Dunlap said. “Now, I’ve said right along that we probably wouldn’t find an awful lot to back that claim up, but nonetheless, I believe that sunshine is the greatest disinfectant and I thought participation in this commission would help further that cause, that we should be talking about what makes elections work well, as well as some of the barriers that could be put before voters that would discourage them from participating in the election process.”

Dunlap went on to explain that the commission hasn’t “even started meeting yet” but he believes they “should probably refine what it is (they’re) looking for.”

When Cuomo asked if the panel should look into Russian hacking during the election, Dunlap replied, “I think we should. I think anything that damages the integrity of the electoral process – in Maine, everything’s paper. We use paper ballots, so Russian hacking really can’t reach to the level of an ink pen, but I know there are questions about that around the country and having those discussions, I think, is valuable, especially in terms of how it could infiltrate the voter lists that we’ve been asked to look at.”

CNN’s Tal Kopan, Grace Hauck and Liz Stark contributed to this report.