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Nebraska willing to share voter information with Trump administration

Nebraska willing to share voter information with Trump administration
Posted at 1:46 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 15:18:22-04

Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale said he will comply with President Trump's request for voter information — as long as certain guidelines are met. 

Gale voiced concerns on security and how the information will be used. 

"I have no clear assurances about the security that this national database will receive. In light of the domestic and foreign attacks in 2016 on state voter registration databases the commission will need to assure my office of a high level of security," he said in a statement. 

Gale also noted that in Nebraska it is illegal to share sensitive information, such as social security numbers, with the public. In addition, the voting registration register may not be used for commercial purposes in the state, despite it being public record. 

"Knowing how the data will be used, how it will be secured and how it might be publicly shared by the commission is vitally important," Gale said. "With assurance that this request meets compliance with Nebraska law and that these additional concerns are addressed, I will comply with the commission’s request for publicly available information."