LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin has not yet received a request for voter information from President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity and therefore has no comment at this time on whether his office would comply with such a request, a spokesman said Monday.
A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday the governor also has not been contacted by the commission. Hutchinson said Friday he would be “very hesitant” to hand over Arkansas voters’ information.
Trump complained Saturday on Twitter after more than 20 states said they would not comply with a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for information on every registered voter. The panel is seeking each voter’s name, address, date of birth, political affiliation, felony convictions, last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number and which elections the voter has participated in since 2006.
“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL,” Trump said on Twitter. “What are they trying to hide?”
Governors and election officials in the states refusing to hand over voter data have said some of the information is not releasable or that the commission was created to promote a lie.
Trump won a majority of Electoral College votes in the November election but has claimed, without evidence, that he lost the popular vote because millions voted illegally for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Hutchinson was asked Friday during an appearance on MSNBC whether he planned to comply with the panels request.
“We’ve not received the letter yet, so we want to look at it in detail,” he said. “By and large, I would be very hesitant to send out voter data that’s available here in Arkansas into a national database. Even though it’s publicly available information I understand that they’re requesting, we generally handle voter fraud issues state by state. I think we handle it well in Arkansas.”
Hutchinson also said that “I don’t think we had massive amounts of fraud” in the presidential election in Arkansas, where Trump received 61 percent of the vote.