ATLANTA (AP) – Black lawmakers in Georgia are blasting President Donald Trump’s election fraud commission for requesting extensive personal voter information.
Democrats who serve in both the state House and Senate on Thursday said there’s no logical reason the federal government needs the information. They accused Trump of trying to scare people away from voting.
Rep. Roger Bruce of Atlanta said the request recalls Southern states’ history of suppressing black voters using literacy tests or other steps.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office has said it will provide the state’s registered voter file, which is permitted by state law. But it says that voters’ birth day or month, social security or driver’s license numbers or the location where someone votes aren’t included.
The Georgia agency told the commission that the file costs $250.