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The skinny on NC and Trump’s request for election data

The good people at Democracy North Carolina are pointing out on the group’s Facebook page [1] that North Carolina officials are actually doing the right thing when it comes to the Trump administration’s request for state election data.

Amid concerns about Trump administration demands this week for private voter info from all 50 states, the NC State Board of Elections says it won’t release any information that’s not already public. Their statement:

For immediate release
Friday June 30,2017

Statement on Election Commission’s Data Request

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement is aware of concerns regarding voter information requested by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The Commission limited its June 28 request to “publicly available voter roll data.”

North Carolina state law makes certain voter information public, including name, address, political affiliation, demographic data and a list of past elections in which the voter participated. That information is public record and must be provided under state law. (G.S. 163-82.10)

The State Board does not provide Social Security numbers, dates of birth or driver license numbers, which are confidential under certain state and federal laws.

“We understand concerns about voters’ privacy. The State Board will provide to the Commission publicly available data as already required under state law,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the┬áBipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement.

This is good news. The last thing North Carolina needs to hand over to Trump and his Russian hacker buddies is all sort of personal data on its residents.