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Michigan: No personal data will be given to Trump commission

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LANSING, MI (WNEM/AP) -

President Donald Trump's Voting Commission stumbled back into public view this week, issuing a sweeping request for nationwide voter data.

The request drew sharp criticism from election experts.

Many states are refusing saying they cannot or will not hand over all of the information.

As for Michigan, the state is partially complying with the White House's request. The state has agreed to provide information that is publicly available.

"So many cities are corrupt and voter fraud is very, very common," Trump said.

It is an issue he campaigned on and now the president is setting his sights on voter fraud.

Last week the White House sent a letter to all 50 states requesting a host of information on every voter.

"We're treating it as any regular public records request and by law we're acquired to provide it," said Fred Woodhams, spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State.

He said the state will comply with only part of the White House's request.

Michigan will only provide information that is already public record which includes names, addresses, voter history and felony convictions.

There is some information the administration is requesting that Michigan will not comply with.

The Secretary of State's office said they will not be providing any date of birth or social security information, partial or full.

"We will not be releasing any personal information. State law very clearly protects personal voter information such as social security number, drivers license number and full date of birth," Woodhams said.

At least one local election official said it is an effort by the president to distract people from more important issues.

"The facts can't be denied. He lost the popular vote. He barely won many states including our own," said John Gleason, Genesee County clerk.

Gleason said information like this can be used by partisan candidates to persuade voters. He feels the request undermines the rights of private citizens.

"I don't know why anybody would be concerned about 15 percent turnout. I'd be concerned why 85 percent of the people stay home," Gleason said.

The Secretary of State's office said they are aware of several instances of voter fraud in Michigan. One case in which a man was convicted of using a fake address.

Several others involved people who were accused of mishandling absentee ballots in Detroit.

At least 27 states have publicly expressed reservations about fully complying with the administration's request for voter information.

Trump's national commission was formed to investigate allegations of U.S. election fraud. Michigan found that at least 31 people voted twice last fall, although their names haven't been released.

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