Krebs formally declines to share South Dakota voter info

PIERRE, S.D. – In late June, South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said she wouldn’t share voter information with President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

On Tuesday, Krebs put that refusal in writing, in a letter to the commission’s vice-chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested a number of points of data, including names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters. The request also included birthdates, the last four digits of voters’ social security numbers and any information about felony convictions and military status.

The commission also stated in their request that "any documents that are submitted to the full commission will also be made available to the public." On that basis, Krebs cited two state statutes that prevent her from sharing information about South Dakota citizens:

"Any release of personal identifying information, such as social security numbers, date of births (sic), and drivers’ license numbers – that information could not be shared with the commission because it would be against state law. [W]e have no control if the information that would be shared – would be used for commercial purposes or personal use outside election-related purposes."

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In the alternative, Krebs offered several solutions for safeguarding elections based on current South Dakota practices, including paper balloting, registration cross-checking, and photo ID requirements.