Commission members may want to discuss and vote on the request, as some of the requested information is not part of South Carolina's normal voter roll. "It is common for political parties and candidates to obtain voter info.", he said. The request included asking for the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers.
The spokesman said the commission has data from every voter in all 46 counties, but that data does not contain information such as party ID and voting history.
A number of other states are also refusing to hand over voter information.
Other states have said they will not comply with the commission's request. "What are they trying to hide?" When I mentioned to Powell that several states had rejected the idea without having formally received the letter, said: "We don't feel that that is prudent".
Jason Kander, head of Let America Vote, has called the GOP voter fraud narrative and Trump's claim of voter fraud "the biggest lie ever told by a sitting U.S. President". Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler's office said staff and attorneys were reviewing the request.
"Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections", said Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued a statement that said the commission "can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from", adding "Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state's right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes".
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. There is no other plausible use for this type of information.
Hasen said that whether the commission gets the requested data or not, he expects it to conclude that voter fraud is a huge problem which needs to be addressed by laws tightening identification requirements and restricting voter registration methods.
Since the election, President Trump has repeatedly talked about voter fraud - falsely saying that millions of illegal votes had been cast.