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State BOE Decision To Hand Over Voter Data Sparks Anger

The New York Board of Elections quietly voted this week to turn over some data about New York’s voters to a Trump administration panel looking at whether there was mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The move makes New York the first state to comply with the controversial request, after officials initially said they would resist it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in June that the state would not comply with requests from the panel — which is authorized by President Donald Trump and headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — to turn over information about New York’s voters. Among other things, the panel is seeking evidence of massive voter fraud, something Cuomo has said is a “myth.” Many election experts agree with the governor that such fraud in the U.S. is highly unlikely. Two requests from the panel were rejected.