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NC to release public voter data to President Trump's voter fraud commission

“Widespread voter fraud just doesn't appear to be that much of a problem in the United States,” WCU's Chris Cooper said. “So, if Trump is able to find something, if this commission does, it'll be a surprise to many of us that study this for a living." (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

North Carolina will comply with President Donald Trump’s commission, which is investigating possible voter fraud, by providing publicly-available voter data.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested that data from all 50 states, which could include names, birthdays, the last four digits of social security numbers, party affiliations, and past elections in which people voted.

A statement from North Carolina State Board of Elections stated that North Carolina will provide the commission with names, addresses, political affiliations, demographic data, and a list of elections where individuals voted.

The statement added that social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers would not be provided to the commission.

Voter information in North Carolina is already pretty easy to obtain — it’s available on the board of elections website.

But Chris Cooper, head of the department of political science at Western Carolina University, said every state doesn’t operate like North Carolina.

"So you've got all these different state governments saying 'hey, this is our job, this isn't your job; mind your own business,’” Cooper said.

Mississippi was among the majority of states refusing to comply.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told the commission to "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico” last week.

Cooper said there are two reasons the appointed group could come up empty—non-compliance of states and lack of voter fraud evidence.

“People have spent their careers trying to find voter fraud. Widespread voter fraud just doesn't appear to be that much of a problem in the United States,” Cooper said. “So, if Trump is able to find something, if this commission does, it'll be a surprise to many of us that study this for a living."

Gov. Roy Cooper cited a recent report from the state board of elections that said voter fraud was a minor issue in North Carolina.

The report said about 500 out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast statewide were from ineligible voters and the majority of those 500 ballots were from felons who didn't finish serving out their punishments, yet.

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