Secretary of State likely to comply with latest White House request on voting data

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State officials likely to comply with voting data request from White House. (7 July 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS 5] State officials likely to comply with voting data request from White House. (7 July 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS 5]
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Arizona's top election official will likely comply with the White House's latest request on voting data.  

The U.S. Department of Justice now wants to know how Arizona's top election official is removing ineligible voters from its voting rolls.

A three page letter sent to Secretary of State Michele Reagan (and other states) wants evidence that Arizona is purging voters who have moved away, changed their address or died.

The federal department says it wants to make sure Arizona and other states are following provisions under the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act regarding the maintenance of voter rolls.

Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Reagan, said the office follows the law and will likely work with the DOJ on this issue.

"Our elections team is looking at that particular request now and I haven't heard there's any reason to believe we won't be communicating our office's and our state's ways of going about making sure our rolls are clean," Roberts said Friday.

The latest request comes after Reagan refused to give the Trump administration personal information on voters that included dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

Both requests follow the president's unsubstantiated claim that as many as 5 million people voted illegally last year, costing him the national popular vote.

Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, the county's top election official, says he will also comply with the request.

However, the Democrat remains skeptical of the the administration's motives behind what he described as an unusual request.

"We are very suspect that at the same time these two highly unusual requests are being made, at same time under this administration particularly, when we know that some of those folks in that administration are notorious for pushing forward a voter suppression agenda," Fontes said.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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