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 II. Federal/State Update

More and more states are responding to the request for data, either with denials or compliance, and a few are still undecided.

The number of states saying that they will not comply with data request has now reached 14 plus the District of Columbia. The states denying information include Minnesota and Vermont.

States agreeing to comply with the voter data request now include New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

Security experts have also expressed concerns about the safety of the data and that having all that voter data in one location may create a treasure trove for hackers.

"It's creating more security vulnerabilities in our election system that don't seem to be necessary," Barbara Simons, president of Verified Voting told The Associated Press.

Hawaii: Hawaii is the only state that has left the decision of whether or not to send the requested voter data to the presidential commission up to each county and so far three of the five — Hawaii, Kauai and Maui — have confirmed that they will send the requested information. Oahu, the island with the largest population, has yet to respond although the Honolulu city clerk has said he will not send the requested information.

Idaho: Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has sent the White House panel an official public records request form and a bill for $20. Denney said that commission officials will need to pay $20 for the state's voter rolls, fill out the public records request form and sign a disclaimer promising not to use the data for commercial uses.

New Hampshire: In an agreement reached between the state and the ALCU, New Hampshire will send some of the requested data, but it will come on the form of millions of scanned, in theory unsearchable images of voter data. The agreement is a compromise after the ACLU filed suit to stop the release of the information.

New Jersey: It is unclear whether New Jersey has or will provide the election commission with the requested data. In July, Robert Giles, director of the New Jersey Division of Elections said the request was under review. Media requests to ascertain whether or not the information has been provided have gone unanswered.

North Dakota: North Dakota Democrats have sent a letter to Secretary of State Al Jaeger urging him not to share the data with the presidential commission.