Georgia will charge Trump commission on voter fraud for public data

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Georgia will charge Trump commission on voter fraud for public data

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Alpharetta resident Toni Kuhn, left, hands her voter card to Birdel Jackson III, center, at Alpharetta Fire Station 82 in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Cobb, Fulton and North DeKalb residents cast ballots today for the highly contested 6th Congressional District race. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

Georgia officials confirmed Monday that they plan to charge President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity for public voter data requested by the panel.

A standard fee of $250 will apply, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. The office sent a letter to the commission Monday afternoon requesting payment before it will process the request.

The commission sent letters last week to all 50 states requesting their voter-roll data, including name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history. A number of states including California, Kentucky and Virginia have already announced their intentions to refuse the request, citing concerns over how the information would be used.

Georgia officials said Friday they would not share information considered private under state law such as registered voters’ driver’s license numbers and Social Security numbers (since the ballot is secret, there are no records that show who a voter voted for), although they planned to share publicly available data made available to members of the public who request it — including voter names, addresses, race if provided by the voter and gender.

To see more of what the data will include and why civil rights groups said they were concerned, click here to read our premium story on myAJC.com.

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