SC Election Officials Receive Voter Data Request

They are considering state laws and have not decided how they will respond yet.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - State Election officials say they have received the White House voting commission's request for information on South Carolina voters.

President Donald Trump created the commission 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 tells News19 they are considering state and federal laws and have not yet determined how they will respond to the request. They say state law prohibits releasing even four digits of social security numbers.

Chris Whitmire, Director of Public Information & Training at the SC Election Commission, says 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. 

Governor Henry McMaster sent several tweets Monday afternoon about the issue saying state law requires the Election Commission to maintain a list of registered voters for all 46 counties but ensures ballot choices are secret. 

He wrote: "By law, the SC Election Commission maintains the list of registered voters for all 46 counties. They are required to make the list available to the public upon request and Social Security numbers are never disclosed. The Constitution ensures voters ballot choices will always be secret. Americans have died protecting this freedom.

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