LINCOLN — No information about Nebraska voters was shared with a commission formed by President Donald Trump to investigate claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election before the president disbanded the panel on Wednesday, the Nebraska Secretary of State's Office said.
Led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity met only twice before its work was bogged down in a series of lawsuits from states across the country.
Trump signed an executive order Wednesday asking the Department of Homeland Security to review the commission's findings, essentially dissolving the panel, before casting blame onto his political opponents through Twitter.
"Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. They fought hard that the Commission not to see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.," Trump tweeted.
In July 2016, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale -- a Republican -- said he planned to comply with the request if the commission could offer assurances that data turned over as part of the request would be stored and used in compliance with Nebraska state law.
Most states had issued full or partial denials to the commission's request, which including obtaining voters' names, addresses, birth dates, political party registration and voter history, while also seeking more clarification about how the information would be used.
Much of that information is public record in Nebraska, Gale said last summer, but a request for the Social Security numbers of Nebraskans was not, and would not have been included in the request.
Gale told The Associated Press in September he still had not received the assurances he sought from the commission after its work had been put on hold following several lawsuits from states and civil rights organizations. Gale also sought information on the status of those lawsuits.
On Thursday, a spokeswoman from the Secretary of State's Office said no voter information had been released before the commission disbanded.