LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday provided to President Trump’s election integrity commission some, but not all, of the information on Arkansas voters the panel requested.
The office handed over to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity all of the voter information that it routinely provides when it receives similar requests from other groups, such as the state’s political parties, said Chris Powell, spokesman for Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.
“We did not include anything that we would not normally provide in such a request,” Powell said.
Information the panel requested but did not get included voters’ driver’s license numbers and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, he said.
Powell said the commission asked for information on what elections all voters participated in since 2006, but Martin’s office only provided that information dating back to 2008 because that is how its database is set up.
The office did not provide information to the commission on voters’ felony convictions, military status, overseas status, registration in other states or how they voted in any election. It did provide the panel with information on which party’s ballot a voter chose in any primary election, Powell said.
“I just want to reassure voters that there is information that we do protect, and the secrecy of the ballot is still sacred in Arkansas,” Powell said.
The limited release of data was in line with a recommendation from Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
“I have spoken with Secretary of State Mark Martin and recommended that our state not provide all the voter information requested by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” Hutchinson said in a statement Wednesday.
“The request is simply too broad and includes sensitive information of Arkansas voters,” he said. “The secretary has indicated that he will not provide Arkansas voters’ most sensitive data. While we remain committed to ensuring the integrity of and confidence in our electoral process, providing all of the information requested is not in the best interest of Arkansas voters. I continue to have confidence in the secretary of state’s efforts to ensure that Arkansas’ elections are free and fair.”
CNN reported Wednesday that at least 44 states have said they will not provide some of the data Trump’s panel is seeking from all 50 states. The cable news channel did not include Arkansas in the list because the state’s officials had not yet received a data request when it contacted them for its survey.
Trump has claimed, without proof, that millions of people voted illegally for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November general election. Hutchinson has said he does not believe there was massive voter fraud in Arkansas’ presidential election, which Trump won with 61 percent of the vote.