Candidate Seeking the Democratic Nomination for Arkansas Secretary of State: Response to Secretary Martin’s Release of Voter Data.
Little Rock, Ark. -- Dr. Anthony Bland, candidate seeking the Democratic nomination for Arkansas Secretary of State, issued the following statement in response to Secretary Martin’s release of voter data to President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission:
“My fellow Arkansans, as a candidate to fill the position of the Arkansas Secretary of State, I find the release of sensitive voter data by Secretary Martin to be in direct opposition to the interest of those in our state. This commission and its request is a complete waste of governmental resources in an attempt to push the unsubstantiated claims that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
“I, along with state leaders from all over the country, have opposed this request by the Trump administration and find it shameful that Arkansas is the only state so far to release such data. The request of sensitive voter identification—including name, date of birth, address, last four digits of Social Security number, and party affiliation puts too many Arkansas voter’s data at risk for unlawful attempts to suppress their votes.
“The personal information of Arkansas voters should be private, secure, and protected—not carelessly shared with third party groups who may use it for purposes not expected nor approved by Arkansas residents.
“I joined this race to be a strong leader for all Arkansans and ensure that the integrity of our democracy doesn’t waver under the threat of oppression. The consistent acts of overlooking the desires of Arkansans and the attempts to silence the voice of voters must cease.”