Election Commission Won't Give Voter Data; Parties React

The State Election Commission says it won't be sending South Carolina voter information to the White House

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Election Commission has decided it will not pass along voter data to the White House's voter fraud commission.

The agency issued their decision Thursday that came after days of deliberating what information, if any, it could hand over to the panel.

"The SEC has carefully reviewed the request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and applicable state law and has consulted with the S.C. Attorney General's office on the matter. The SEC has determined that the agency is not permitted to share voter data with anyone from outside the state. The SEC can only provide voter data to a registered South Carolina voter."

The agency says this would apply to anyone who requested the information, not just the White House.

President Donald Trump created the commission back in May to look into possible election fraud. The commission asked for information including names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters.

The South Carolina Election Commission says state law prohibits releasing even four digits of social security numbers.

Chris Whitmire, Director of Public Information & Training at the SC Election Commission, said the agency keeps data on what elections a voter takes part in, including if they voted in a Republican or Democratic party primary. The agency does not have data about how a person votes.

But the chair of the state Republican party, Drew McKissick, said he will provide the information to the commission to help root out potential fraud and abuse.

"As a South Carolina resident and voter concerned with the integrity of our election process, I will purchase the election voter data, as permissible by South Carolina State Law, and turn it over to the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity for it's review," McKissick said in a statement.

But the chair of the state Democratic party, Trav Robertson, said he has been running campaigns for 20 years and has never witnessed one incident of voter fraud.

"The Republicans control the House, the Senate, 6 of 7 Congressional seats and all the Constitutional offices. So if there is a fraud being committed, it's being done by the Republicans," he said.

McKissick said it is critical for voters to have confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

A clear divide in the best way to uphold the integrity of our democracy for the state and the country.

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