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For $500, Oregon Turns Over Voter Data To Federal Panel

Chris Lehman
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Northwest News Network

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has turned over a database of state voter information to the Trump administration.

Anyone can get a list of everyone who’s registered to vote in Oregon if they have a check for $500. Richardson announced that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity—the panel set up by President Donald Trump to investigate his allegations of widespread voter fraud—had paid the fee on Friday. 


Richardson said the data transfer complies with Oregon law. It includes each registered voter’s name and address, birth year and political party affiliation. The list also shows which elections each voter has cast a ballot in, but does not disclose how individuals have voted.

Political campaigns routinely request publicly-available information about registered voters. The initial request from the President’s Commission included some data that is shielded from public disclosure under Oregon law. The Commission later clarified that it was only seeking information that can be legally obtained by members of the public. 

Copyright 2017 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.