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ND Dems say state officials shouldn't share voter data

North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen.

BISMARCK—North Dakota Democrats urged Secretary of State Al Jaeger to not share voter information with a controversial commission studying voter fraud.

In an open letter Monday, Aug. 7, to Jaeger, a Republican, Democratic leaders said providing the information "raises serious concerns regarding potential violations of North Dakotans' privacy and right to participate in elections free from interference." The letter was signed by Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen along with the minority leaders in the House and Senate, Rep. Corey Mock and Sen. Joan Heckaman.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said last week that the office was considering giving "minimal" information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, given assurances that the information would remain private. Silrum previously said state law appeared to prevent them from providing information from the state's Central Voter File.

"At this time, we have seen no compelling reason, nor has any evidence been provided, that would suggest the need to share private information about voters with this federal commission," the Democrats' letter said.

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