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Maryland Won't Turn Over Voter Data, Joining Virginia, D.C. in Saying No to Presidential Commission

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    Maryland Won't Turn Over Voter Data, Joining Virginia, D.C. in Saying No to Presidential Commission
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    Alexandria resident Kendra Isaacson waits in line with her 11-month-old daughter Katie to cast her ballot outside a polling place on November 8, 2016. Virginia's governor has pledged not to give out voters' personal information. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Maryland has joined a growing number of states that are refusing to give President Donald Trump's voting commission personal information on voters.

    Maryland's attorney general says the state is prohibited by law from releasing the information. Plus, he added, he finds the request "repugnant."

    "It appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote," Brian Frosh said in a statement. "There is no evidence that the integrity of the 2016 election in Maryland -- or any other state -- was compromised by voter fraud."

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had rejected the request the day after it was made.

    "At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump's alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression," McAuliffe said in a statement.

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has also rejected the request, citing the need to protect voters' privacy.

    D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen, who chairs the Council committee that oversees elections, said "the District of Columbia will not be party to this blatant effort to intimidate voters" and has pledged to introduce emergency legislation to make sure the D.C. Board of Elections is not forced to turn over the data.