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Hundreds of Republican and independent voters in Colorado are among the nearly 4,000 people who have canceled their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump administration’s request for voter information.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office reported last week that 3,738 people withdrew their voter registration between June 28 and Friday, July 14.
Of those 367 are Republicans and 1,255 are independent voters.
Just over 2,000 Democrats have also canceled their registrations.
While that is a large number of cancellations, they are a minuscule fraction of the state’s 3.7 million registered voters.
The withdrawals began in earnest earlier this month, after a presidential advisory commission on election integrity requested publicly available voter information from all 50 states. On July 10 alone, 1,237 Colorado voters withdrew their registrations.
Another 200 Colorado voters have signed up to become “confidential voters,” a designation that allows their information to be withheld.
President Donald Trump established the voter fraud advisory commission with a mandate to review US election integrity, with a focus on voter fraud, voter suppression, and other “vulnerabilities.”
The effort has been plagued by privacy concerns and distrust from the start. The commission now faces 7 lawsuits.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has said he will provide only information considered public under Colorado law, a category that includes voters’ names, addresses, party affiliations, birth years, and which elections they have participated in.
The commission’s request is on hold while a legal challenge plays out in court.