Florida to give some voter info to White House fraud panel

By Christie Zizo, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Friday, July 07, 2017, 7:18 AM EDT

Florida will hand over voter information to a White House panel investigating voter fraud.

Gov. Scott's administration says it will comply with part of the White House request, but only give publicly available information. The state will not give away drivers license numbers, Social Security numbers or the source of a voter registration application.

In Florida, the voter's name, address, birth date, party affiliation and when they voted is all considered public information. Since the state doesn't keep felony convictions in its voter database, it won't be giving that information to the White House. 

Florida is one of the few states that does not restore voting rights automatically once a felon has served time. The governor has to restore those rights.

Some voters are able to stop their information from being publicly disclosed, if they meet certain criteria. See the Florida Division of Elections for more information.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is asking all 50 states to supply voter information, including names, political party affiliation and voter history. The request also asked for the last four digits of the voters' Social Security numbers, any felony convictions and military status.

The panel is also requesting information on voters' active, inactive or canceled status, so cancelling voter registration will not stop the release of that information.

The commission is investigating the president's claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally last year.

Multiple studies show no evidence of widespread voter fraud, although it is not uncommon to find discrepancies in the voting rolls, including deceased voters and voters registered in multiple states. 

Most states have agreed to turn over at least some voter data to the White House. Some states are refusing to turn over any data at all.

The Washington Post is reporting the Trump administration is planning to keep the voter roll data it gathers on White House computers. 

A watchdog group called the Electronic Privacy Information Center is asking a federal judge to block the requests for voter data, out of concern for voters' privacy. A hearing is set for Friday at 4 p.m.