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Delaware is refusing to deliver its voter registration data to the federal government. 

Delaware Secretary of State Jeffery Bullock recently received a letter from the White House asking for voter roll data, including names, birth dates, party affiliation, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting history past 2006.

This request comes from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was formed around President Trump’s unfounded assertion that millions of illegal votes were cast during the 2016 election. So far, nearly half the states have refused to comply, either fully or partly. 

“Releasing this information to the White House would not serve the mission of safeguarding the fairness and integrity of elections in Delaware and would not be in the best interests of Delaware voters,” State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove said in a news release.

Manlove has not officially received the letter, but expects to review it soon.

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Some states have been polite in their responses or said state law forbids them to comply. Mississippi’s Republican secretary of state suggested the White House “jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Bullock called the request “disingenuous” and “inappropriate.” 

“Delaware has a long history of running fair and efficient elections open to all qualified voters. We should not be a part of any effort to turn back the clock on the progress we have made,” Bullock said in the release. “Delaware will not be a party to this disingenuous and inappropriate campaign against one of the nation’s foundational institutions.”

Delaware Republican Party Chairman Michael Harrington said he believes the state should hand over the requested data and blamed “one-party rule” for refusing what he sees as a legitimate federal inquiry. 

“This is Delaware Democrats saying to the nation we’re going to run this state like the Gestapo,” Harrington said. “Delaware should comply with that request.” 

Though Republican leaders have likewise refused, Harrington said he assumes those people were not originally Trump supporters. He said he’d personally hand over his own information if asked.

He also said he could call the state Department of Elections himself and get any of the data requested because it’s public record.

Manlove said only names, addresses and voter history are available to the public, but dates of birth and even partial Social Security numbers are not.

Contact Adam Duvernay at aduvernay@delawareonline.com or (302) 324-2785.

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