Concerned about President Donald Trump’s elections inquiry, voters are asking county supervisors to yank them from the rolls, ostensibly more concerned about keeping their personal data private than giving up their rights to cast ballots.
The whole effort is on hold right now, at least until a judge weighs in on one of a handful of lawsuits about the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
NOTE: Secretary of State Ken Detzner hasn’t transmitted any information to the commission yet.
More than 40 states refused to give the commission all or part of the data requested, which included partial Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
Speaking to reporters in Tallahassee Friday, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson — who’s been a critic of Trump’s commission — questioned the rationale for demanding the data.
“Why should the federal government collect every state’s information in one place so anybody that wants to go and hack that information? It makes it so easy for Vladimir (Putin) to suddenly go in and find out all kind of personal things and all in one place,” Nelson said when asked for his thoughts on the elections commission.
“Let me tell you, only the most sophisticated systems — and even they’re not fool proof — cannot be hacked. Only the most sophisticated systems. And I’m telling you, you think yours is foolproof, somebody’s going to get a way to get through,” Nelson said. “This is true in our most important secrets in the country. In our intelligence community, they’re having that problem.”