Led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the most outspoken voices for voter fraud elimination, the commission was given the power to investigate "fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting" in federal elections.
Wisconsin law allows the commission to share voter birth dates, driver's license numbers and Social Security numbers only with police and other state agencies, and the presidential commission doesn't appear to qualify, Haas said.
The good people at Democracy North Carolina are pointing out on the group's Facebook page that North Carolina officials are actually doing the right thing when it comes to the Trump administration's request for state election data.
Indeed, even Kobach, who also serves as the Kansas Secretary of State, can not fully comply with his own request, because Kansas doesn't make social security numbers publicly available.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat who is a member of Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, defended the request Friday.
"By law, most of the information in Wisconsin's voter registration system is public and is available for purchase, and is commonly purchased by political parties, candidates, researchers and other organizations". Trump over the weekend asked in a tweet what they had to hide.
This Commission needs to understand clearly, disclosure of such sensitive information is more likely to diminish voter participation rather than foster it.
Kobach has not returned numerous requests for comment about the election integrity commission.
However, some of the nation's most populous states, including California and NY, are refusing to comply.
The office of Gov. Henry McMaster said the election commission should comply with the request as far as it is legally able to. Mississippi's Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said last week that he had not yet received the letter, but said the commission should "jump in the Gulf of Mexico". "This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November". "For Republican election administrators, this is a federalism issue".
Experts have said there's no evidence to support that accusation, and critics worry the board will ultimately limit eligible voters' ability to register.
Kobach has had legal troubles in the past in his battle against voting fraud.