Letter to the Editor Regarding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity's Request for Sensitive Information
The League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe urges voters to support the Illinois State Board of Elections in their efforts to maintain the integrity of the voting process and the privacy of Illinois citizens. In an open letter to news outlets, League of Women Voters President Bonnie Cox described the situation this way: “On June 28 Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, created by executive order in May, sent a letter to election authorities in all 50 states requesting voter data.
Requested information includes registrants' full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions and whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status or if they live overseas. In Illinois, the election authority to which the Kobach request was sent is the State Board of Elections (SBE). On Friday, July 7th, the SBE, through its General Counsel, Kenneth Menzel, advised the Kobach Commission that “...our agency does not have any material responsive to the Commission’s request,” further stating that the Illinois Election Code “protects the confidentiality and privacy of voter registration data....”
The League of Women Voters is grateful to the State Board of Elections
which joins at least 45 (including Kansas, where Mr. Kobach is the Secretary of State) other state election authorities in refusing to release detailed, sensitive information on their states’ voters. The SBE meets again on August 22nd where this issue is likely to be on the agenda; we hope the SBE will maintain its current position on the release of voter data. We fear how Illinois citizens would be subjected to those using the information for non-election or commercial purposes. A greater fear is the data will be used to enact a stringent voter law intended to suppress the vote.”
We urge every citizen in Glenview and Glencoe to call the State Board of Elections (217-782-4141) and urge its members to stand firm in their current position.
Ann Yoshida and Sheri Latash
Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe