Trump Lashes Out as States Refuse to Hand Over 'Private' Information To Commission Investigating Voter Fraud

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day November 04, 2008, at Centreville High School in Clifton, Virginia. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter as nearly half U.S. states refused to comply with a request for confidential and sensitive voter data from a panel investigating allegations of voter fraud.

The Presidential Commission on Voter Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states and Washington D.C. earlier in the week requesting the information and giving states two weeks to comply.

A number of states led by Democrats denied the request, calling it a politically motivated attempt to substantiate false claims made by Trump about voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. They allege that the government has no right to the data.

"This is an abuse of the office of the president," Democrat National Committee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement Saturday. "Simply put, President Trump is trying to use voter data to intimidate eligible voters and suppress voter turnout. Leaders in every state should reject this attack on our democracy."

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, a Democrat, criticized the idea that voter fraud is a widespread issue. 

“Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country," she said.

In a Tweet early Saturday morning, Trump accused the states refusing to hand over the information of trying to “hide” something.

“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”

States have been asked in the letter from the commission to provide information including "dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward.”

The commission has not stated how it plans to use or safeguard the information.

Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election, which his opponent Hillary Clinton won by 3 million votes. He created the commission by executive order to investigate the issue.