Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Thursday he has “no intention” of cooperating with a request from the Trump administration seeking detailed information about Virginia’s voters.
McAuliffe said Virginia and the 49 other states received a “lengthy request” on Thursday from Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
McAuliffe said it sought a list of all registered Virginia voters, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, their addresses, dates of birth, political affiliations and voting histories, as well as other “vague inquiries” about Virginia’s election policies and laws.
“Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia,” the Democratic governor said in a statement.
The commission’s letter gives secretaries of state about two weeks to provide the information, if state law allows it to be public, according to The Associated Press.
The secretaries of state in California and Kentucky, both Democrats, also said they will not share the data, AP reported.
President Donald Trump, a Republican, has long made unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, in which he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton. In late November, he tweeted that there had been “serious voter fraud” in Virginia. John Fredericks, a key official in Trump’s Virginia campaign, said at the time that he was unaware of any “mass scale” fraud in Virginia.
In May, Trump signed an executive order creating the task force.
“The only irregularity in the 2016 presidential election centered around Russian tampering,” said McAuliffe, a friend of Clinton’s.
Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah — scheduled to become Virginia House majority leader if the GOP holds its advantage in the November elections — took a jab at McAuliffe on Twitter.
“Over the years I have observed how hard Virginia Democrats work to protect the maximum potential for voter fraud,” he wrote.
A 21-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to filing 18 phony voter registration applications in Harrisonburg in August while working with Democratic-affiliated groups as a student at James Madison University .
Andrew J. Spieles told investigators that he fabricated the applications to help a co-worker hit a registration “quota,” according to court documents.
In January, Vafalay Massaquoi, 30, pleaded guilty in Alexandria to three felony counts — two of forging a public record and one of election fraud. Alexandria prosecutors said he had forged “a number of voter registration forms by inventing applicants.”
Massaquoi was working for New Virginia Majority, a Democratic-aligned voter registration group. In October, when he was charged, the group said he had been fired in June 2016 .
There is no indication any fraudulent votes were cast as a result of the improper registrations in either case, which were caught months before the election.
A Virginia law that takes effect Saturday makes it unlawful for any person or group conducting a voter registration drive to compensate workers or volunteers on the basis of how many registration applications they collect.