DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s elections commissioner said Monday that she will not provide voter registration data to President Donald Trump’s commission on election fraud.
After being inundated with calls from concerned citizens and talking to her agency’s deputy attorney general, Manlove said she has decided not to provide any voter registration data, including data that is currently available to the public.
Manlove said she plans to draft a policy by the end of the week stating that her office will provide voter registration data only to candidates and political parties. She plans to follow up in January with legislation codifying the change.
“We’re not going to give it out to anybody but candidates and political parties only for political use, not for commercial use,” Manlove said at a state elections board meeting. Board members gave Manlove a unanimous vote of confidence in her decision.
“I feel good about what we’re doing…. I know we’re doing the right thing for Delaware’s voters,” she said.
Manlove had previously said she would not comply with the federal commissions’ request for sensitive information including dates of birth, Social Security numbers and felony history.
“I’m reading in the paper that some states are seeing voters unregister, cancel their registrations, because they don’t want this going to the federal government,” she noted.
Delaware law currently allows the commissioner to provide voter registration lists with names, addresses, political affiliations, voting histories, legislative district information and years of birth to members of the public. The information is available in CD format for $10. That information, as well as telephone numbers, is provided at no cost to political parties and candidates. Even more detailed information, including dates of birth, is made available to state agencies, local governments and members of the General Assembly.
“I don’t think the general public is aware of how much information does get shared by our office as a matter of routine,” Manlove said at Monday’s meeting. “Obviously, they don’t like it, so we’re going to change that policy and hopefully in January change the law.”
With the proposed change, Manlove suggested that rather than getting voter data directly from her office, paid campaign consultants and political marketing companies would have to get the data from candidates or parties.
“I think if they get it, they’re going to get it from whoever hires them, not from us,” she said.