COLUMBIA — South Carolina officials said Friday they have not received a request from the White House task force investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
The State Election Commission, however, received more than 50 calls and emails from the public asking the agency to keep voter information away from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
Neither the Election Commission nor the S.C. Secretary of State's Office report receiving a letter from the presidential task force that has reached a number of other states.
Gov. Henry McMaster, an early supporter of Donald Trump's White House bid, will not decide whether to back releasing voter information from South Carolinians until the president's commission formally asks for it, his office said.
The State Election Commission also is taking a wait-and-see approach. "Once we receive the letter, we’ll determine how to respond," agency spokesman Chris Whitmire said.
Trump won South Carolina handily by more than 300,000 votes last fall.
Many states have acknowledged receiving requests from the election integrity commission for voter information — including names, addresses, voting history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, according to media reports.
Some states plan to comply, including Missouri and Iowa, according to The Associated Press. But a few states — including California, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York — have refused the commission's request, citing privacy concerns.
Most states, such as North Carolina, Ohio, Connecticut and Indiana — whose former governor, Vice President Mike Pence, leads the election integrity commission — have said they will share only information that is available to the public. Some states even said the White House would have to pay for the records like any other member of the public.
The White House task force was created after Trump blamed voter fraud for failing to win the popular vote over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November. No concrete evidence has been found to back the president's allegations.
The New York billionaire and reality television star received the most electoral college votes to win the race.