Vice President Mike Pence’s office confirmed that the White House commission on electoral fraud intends to execute voters in the state that has asked federal databases to verify potential fraudulent registration.
Experts say the plan is certain to produce thousands of false positives that can distort the understanding of fraud risks, particularly given the paucity of data they have agreed to return.
“This shows a remarkable naiveté about how these electoral data can be used,” said David Becker, executive director of the Center for the Choice of Innovation and Research.
“There is absolutely no way that incomplete data from some states – made primarily from names and addresses – can be used to determine anything.”
Committee Vice President Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, sent a letter to the states last week requesting detailed voter information.
The request asks for information such as social security numbers and military status that most states can not consider. But most states will present public information, such as names, year of birth and whether they voted in the previous elections.
Marc Lotter, a spokesman for Pence, said that ProPublica information on state elections would be executed “through a number of different databases, in the search for the possibility that areas where voters could strengthen themselves.”
While Lotter did not specifically say what databases would be defended, The Washington Times reported last week that the Commission may try to verify the names of the federal database of non-citizens.
An attempt by Florida conducted in 2012 led to the falsehood of many legitimate voters because they had the same names as the people in the federal database. Governor Rick Scott has given up effort and time for forgiveness.
Comparing names at the national level could lead to many more false positives.
“How Rodriguezes Manuel was born in 1945, who are citizens on an immigration list? There is probably more,” said Charles Stewart, a MIT professor and an expert in electoral administration.
“How will you know if the immigrant, or if he is one of the people with this name who are citizens and registered by law?”
The Kansas State Secretary’s office did not immediately respond to a call for comment on the program.
There are other systems that make strict correspondence. The Online Application Information Center, or ERIC, is a voluntary and paid system operated by a non-profit organization and used by 20 states and the District of Columbia.
The system uses much more information than the states can publish, such as license driver’s license numbers, Social Security numbers and even e-mail addresses.
Lotter, spokesman Pence, said that even if false coincidences were made, they would not hurt because the Commission can not suppress the names of United voters.
He said that the Commission was limited to proposing recommendations and highlighting the common problems that may arise in the matching process.
“What we are trying to do is create the first national look at voter registration and the potential for fraudulent registration could lead to fraudulent voting,” said M. Lotter.