White House voter commission publishes names, numbers of worried citizens

Enlarge / Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach (right), is one of the top officials on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. (credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Shortly before the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is set to have its first meeting on Wednesday July 19—which will be livestreamed here—the controversial committee published hundreds of pages from concerned citizens about the group’s work. In some cases, the White House released citizens’ phone numbers and e-mail addresses, seemingly without their knowledge.

However, a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the group, indicated that releasing such personal information was ok.

"These are public comments, similar to individuals appearing before commission to make comments and providing name before making comments," Marc Lotter, press secretary to the vice president, told Vox on Friday. "The Commission’s Federal Register notice asking for public comments and its website make clear that information ‘including names and contact information’ sent to this email address may be released."

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