Bonamici Calls on Oregon Secretary of State to Protect Voters’ Privacy and Security

Jun 30, 2017 Issues: Civil Rights

Congresswoman Urges Secretary to Not Comply with President Trump’s Request for Voter Data

WASHINGTON, DC [06/30/17] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) called on Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson to protect the privacy and security of Oregon voters. Bonamici’s letter comes after President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity asked Secretaries of State from across the country to disclose personal details and data about voters.

You can read Bonamici’s letter to Secretary Richardson here.

“Oregon’s election system is a national leader in integrity and participation,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Oregonians value their privacy and security, and President Trump’s request for personal information and data about voters is alarming.

“I am asking Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson to refuse to compromise the privacy and security of Oregonians and reject the Commission’s request for voters’ personal data.

“If President Trump’s true motivation was to protect the integrity of US elections, he would reinstate the Voting Rights Act to make sure every eligible American voter is able to cast a ballot without barriers or intimidation. I urge the President to put down his phone and stop tweeting, stop claiming that there are millions of illegal voters, and get serious about leading this country.”

You can read the text of Bonamici’s letter below:

Dear Secretary Richardson,

I am writing to you today about the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” and its request for your views and recommendations about the integrity of the federal election process and also a significant amount of voter data from your office.

Although I am supportive of election integrity, and know that Oregon has some helpful examples such as vote by mail that should be considered, I share the concerns of constituents in Oregon and people around the country that sending the requested addresses, dates of birth, and partial Social Security numbers is extremely problematic and should not be done.  I strongly urge you to join the growing list of Secretaries of State, including those from California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, who have announced that they will refuse to turn over personal sensitive information to the Commission. 

Oregonians value their privacy and security, and this Commission’s request is alarming. It appears to be an attempt to find some kind of validation of claims that there has been widespread voter fraud, a claim that I know you have already refuted with regard to Oregon in a January 27, 2017 letter to President Trump.

Finally, even though the Commission states that it has a “secure” site for receiving the requested material, such a large compilation of voter data will be an obvious target for hackers.

Again, I strongly urge you to stand with Oregonians and refuse to compromise their security and privacy to further a misguided attempt to prove an outlandish claim of voter fraud. I look forward to your prompt response.

              

Respectfully,

Suzanne Bonamici
Member of Congress

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