Holy! CNN reported that 44 states and the District of Columbia refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission. The NY Daily News followed up with an article about 44 out of 50 states declining to provide data, citing the CNN report. Forbes and Slate cited the same CNN report. The Washington Post put out the same false report.
Only it’s not true
It’s only 14 states and the District of Columbia that have refused, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said on Wednesday. Kobach is the vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
“At present 20 states have agreed to provide the publicly available information requested by the commission and another 16 states are reviewing which information can be released under their state laws,” Kobach said in a statement. “In all, 36 states have either agreed or are considering participating with the Commission’s work to ensure the integrity of the American electoral system.”
As it turns out, CNN’s report was false. All those outlets relying on it were left with an inaccurate report.
— Marc Lotter (@VPPressSec) July 5, 2017