"The Commission was established for the goal of providing a veneer of legitimacy to President Trump's false claim that he won the popular vote in the 2016 election - once millions of supposedly illegal votes are subtracted from the count", the complaint states. And, as the population of newly unregistered voters appears to be motivated by distrust of Trump, every voter who fails to re-register is likely to be one less vote for Trump's opponent in 2020. Lawyers for the ACLU argue that it infringes on voters' First Amendment rights and constitutes and "unjustified invasion" of privacy in violation of federal law.
Gov. Scott's office sent a letter to the commission last week that reminded the commission that the state already complies with public records, but that driver's license information or Social Security numbers would not be released because it would violate state statue.
The other reason the voter list is public under state law is that people running for office want access to the list so they can contact voters and ask for their support. But the commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, has asked the state agencies to provide names, addresses, birthdates and even party affiliations and partial Social Security numbers.
Does the provision of this information violate the expectation of a voter's privacy? He said that the request for the Social Security digits was meant "to prevent false positives", such as when two people share the same name and birthday. The commission must also adopt measures to ensure that its work is not inappropriately influenced by special interests or the president himself. A map of each state's response to the Trump administration's requests is provided by the Brennan Center for Justice.
State election officials are varied in their response to the request thus far, responses that include a rejection of the request to publicly vowing only to release part of the information requested.
In short, the structure of Wisconsin's elections system doesn't lend itself well to political grandstanding over the request.
Numerous states that have refused to comply cite the same sorts of concerns as California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
Coloradans who don't want their voter registration records shared with the Trump administration or anyone else can request confidentiality.
What information about voters does Wisconsin sell? "I suspect that's probably true", Williams said.
But what happens when that information involves highly personal data about American citizens who believed said information would remain confidential?
MARTINEZ: So, yeah, red states and blue states seemingly arm in arm in this one. The voter information is typically used by political candidates to canvass for voters.
"They are providing information that is public and has always been public", she said.
Magney, who has refuted Trumps's allegations claiming widespread voter fraud, again rejected claims about the risks to Wisconsin's election system on Here & Now. Worse, we fear it will ignore the very real threat to election integrity posed by hackers and meddling foreign powers, as seen in the last presidential campaign. People that have died 10 years ago are still voting. The commission's request also demands data showing the history of whether voters participated in elections (but not actual votes cast). Many governors and secretaries of state, hoping not to get burned, balked at the request. "It's public record", said Cindy Clark, Orange County's director of elections.