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SJR-11 Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity: voter data protection.(2017-2018)

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Senate Joint Resolution No. 11
CHAPTER 189

Relative to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 22, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SJR 11, Stern. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity: voter data protection.
This measure would urge each state secretary of state and other relevant state elections officials to join California in refusing to provide state voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, State elections officials recently received a request for voter data, including Social Security information, from President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity; and
WHEREAS, Elections and cybersecurity experts across the country have warned that the commission’s request raises major privacy and security concerns; and
WHEREAS, There are many outstanding questions about how the voter data would be transferred, stored, and used; and
WHEREAS, The commission already faces several pending lawsuits from national civil rights and voting rights groups; and
WHEREAS, These lawsuits send a strong message that the commission, which has no power to compel any state to cooperate, will not go unchallenged; and
WHEREAS, Individuals associated with the commission have a history of implementing and advocating for voter suppression policies and tactics; and
WHEREAS, The United States Constitution recognizes the authority and autonomy of the states to regulate the manner of administration of elections, including the maintenance of voter rolls; and
WHEREAS, Prevention and detection of voter fraud and voter suppression, while simultaneously increasing voter participation among all eligible citizens, should be a paramount goal of all states and the federal government; and
WHEREAS, States are responsible for protecting the integrity of their elections, including the secrecy of the ballot, security of their election infrastructures, and protection of sensitive personal information included in voter rolls; and
WHEREAS, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and the chief elections officials of numerous other states have refused to provide the commission with the requested voter data due to concerns over its security and use; and
WHEREAS, California is recognized as a leader in voter outreach and inclusion, and consistently seeks to eliminate barriers to civic participation; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature urges each state secretary of state and other relevant state elections officials to join California in refusing to provide their state voter data to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the secretary of state of each state as well as to each state governor.