Tennessee secretary of state refuses to share voter info

Staff file photo / Secretary of State Tre Hargett says Tennessee law blocks providing information on state voters to Trump's 'election integrity' panel

NASHVILLE - Citing provisions of Tennessee law, Secretary of State Tre Hargett says his office won't comply with a request from President Donald Trump's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to provide the panel personal information about voters here.

"Although I appreciate the commission's mission to address election-related issues, like voter fraud, Tennessee state law does not allow my office to release the voter information requested to the federal commission," said Hargett, a Republican, in a statement Friday.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican serving as vice chairman of Trump's recently created commission, sent the letter request Wednesday to Hargett and other heads of elections in all 50 states.

His request included information about voters' full first and last names, middle names or initials, addresses, dates of birth, political party, voting history, the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers and criminal background information.