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Secretaries of State pass resolution supporting state rights to oversee elections

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INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) - The nation's Secretaries of State sent a clear message to the White House. 

Members of the National Association of Secretaries of State meeting in Indianapolis unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution underscoring the Constitutional rights of of states to administer local, state and federal elections.  

The resolution is in response to a letter from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, which requested secretaries turn over sensitive information about every voter including including party affiliation, voting history and Social Security numbers. 

More than 40 states have said they will not comply fully with the request, including some of the nation's most populous states like California and New York. But even some conservative states that voted for President Donald Trump, such as Texas, said they will limit the information they provide based on what is legally allowed under state law.

Officials in 10 states and the District of Columbia said they would not comply at all with the request. Those states include Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia.

Oklahoma, where nearly two-thirds of the vote in the November presidential election went to Trump, will provide nearly all the requested information except social security numbers. 

Kentucky's Democratic Secretary of State  Alison Lundergan Grimes stood firmly against the request. She released a statement saying the request potentially jeopardizes voter privacy and the states' ability to run elections.  

"We each devoutly believe in the Constitutional responsibility states have in running elections, including maintaining voter registration," Grimes said. "As chief election officials, we are resolute in our shared obligation to ensure our elections are free and fair and engender the trust of our citizens. That means reaffirming the rights of our states to run our elections and protecting voters from unwarranted risks to their personal, sensitive information."

Some Democratic officials have refused to comply with the data request, saying it invades privacy and is based on false claims of fraud. Trump created the commission through executive order in May.  He lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton but has alleged without evidence that up to 5 million people voted illegally.

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