Earlier this summer, Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State was refusing a request to hand over voter registration data to President Trump's Commission on Election Integrity. "New York refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election," Cuomo said at the time. However, giving the data to the Kris Kobach-led commission was always up to the state Board of Elections, which has announced that they will give Kobach's commission at least some publicly available data.
According to Board of Elections spokesperson Thomas Connolly, the board is complying with a Freedom of Information Law request from the voting commission. However, Connolly said that the data that the board is giving to the Trump administration, including things like names, addresses and party affiliations, is the same data they would give out for any FOIA request.
"Social Security Number and/or DMV info, along with other data elements protected by law, are not being provided," Connolly told Gothamist. Still, Mayor de Blasio fired off a tweet blasting the decision to hand over any data at all to the commission:
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 2, 2017
In mid-July, Kobach told MSNBC that it will always be a mystery as to whether or not Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote, which she won by 2.8 million votes. Also, a member of the commission said that his state would still refuse to hand over voter data until it was more clear what the commission's goal was and that he would receive assurances that the data in the hands of the federal government wouldn't become public.
Last month, the commission was criticized for releasing 112 pages of unredacted emails from the public—most of them reacting negatively to the commission—which included the personal email addresses of the senders.