"It's very hard to help further instill public confidence that you know what you're doing if you don't have any information".
The National Association of Secretaries of State are gathered here for their annual conference, meeting Saturday morning with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and the independent Election Assistance Commission to discuss the security of election infrastructure.
She also recommended federal funding for enhancements to "critical election infrastructure" such as data security and replacement of voting systems. "It's something that, if you can get the president and the vice president behind, that's a positive thing", Conway said.
I don't think this is salvageable.
Also while those states said no widespread voter fraud took place in their states during the 2016 election, officials still said they want to ensure future elections are completely absent of potential fraud. Now, initially, the president's commission indicated that all the information that would be sent in would be publicly available, which makes it sound like they would be publishing lists of the names and all of this personal information of millions of voters. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that millions voted illegally in November's election. "We deem the President's Election Integrity Commission to be a baseless tool to promote voter suppression and Mr. Kobach's unlawful abuse of his role as head of the Commission for partisan ends only underscores the illegitimacy of the Commission itself".
While the Virginia Democrat's proposal would mean radical changes across the US voting and congressional representation system, he said changing the system is the only way to "revitalize" the political process. Kobach has earned his chops in the Republican Party by alleging massive voter fraud in his own state, which didn't prove to exist.
"We would have more moderate Democrats from districts leaning Republican, and vice versa, creating a type of politician - now almost extinct - known as a 'bridge builder, '" Beyer wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post last week.
"The problems that DOJ should be focusing on are that too few eligible people have access to the vote and are voting".
Asked at a news conference on Friday whether Mr. Trump's assertion of millions of illegal votes was credible, one of the Democratic secretaries of state on the White House panel, Matthew Dunlap of ME, said that he "would be stunned to see a number anywhere near that".
That includes some of Kobach's fellow Republicans.
Vice president Pence's office said that 20 states have agreed to share at least some data and 16 more are reviewing the request. I think the alternative is something else and not this commission.
It remains unclear exactly how the data will be used for.
"We have secret ballots. there is no way to connect a person's ballot with a voter's name", said elections commission spokesman Reid Magney.
But many secretaries of state say all or parts of the requested data are not public in their states. Frank Ryan (R-101) said on Facebook that he hopes Pennsylvania isn't trying to cover up voter fraud by refusing to participate in a Trump administration investigation.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed an emergency motion to block the disclosure of state voter information to the commission, arguing it's a violation of the constitutional right to privacy and the mere transfer of the data puts private information of the entire American electorate at risk. The other states are undecided or will provide some of the data, according to a tally of every state by The Associated Press.