Sununu: N.H. Should Turn Over Voter Data To Trump Election Commission

Jul 5, 2017

A voter in Hollis casts a ballot during the statewide election in 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Governor Sununu says New Hampshire should turn over public information on voters to a Trump administration voter fraud commission, a view shared by the state's top election official, Secretary of State Bill Gardner. But Gardner says the matter is under review by the Attorney General.

The Trump administration’s Commission on Election Integrity, which includes Bill Gardner, has yet to meet, but has been a lightning rod from inception. States across the country are determining how or if they'll comply with the commission's request to supply “publicly available voter roll data.”

In New Hampshire, that information is a voters' name, address, party affiliation and voting history.

Governor Sununu says since that information is already available to political parties and committees willing to pay for it, it should be shared with the commission.

"It is important to note that I have an agreement with Secretary Gardner that not a single bit of private information - birthdays, social security numbers, anything of the like, will be released at all."

Bill Gardner says he expects to share New Hampshire's information next week, but only if the Attorney General's office gives its blessing.

"I think it's legal, but we'll see what the Attorney General's office finds."

At least seven states have said they won't share information with the election integrity commission.