Wyoming Secretary of State applauds Trump on dissolving commission of election integrity
Secretary of State Ed Murray issued a statement last week, applauding President Trump’s Executive Order to dissolve the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Murray was one of the first Republican Secretaries of State to oppose Trump’s request for voter information. Secretary Murray rejected a request by that Commission, in July 2017, for Wyoming voter data containing personal information of Wyoming’s voters.
“I was pleased that President Trump signed an Executive Order on Wednesday dissolving the Commission,” said Murray. “The commission never clearly stated its purpose or provided any concrete explanation for why it was requesting private voter data. I’m a lifelong Republican, but President Trump’s creation of the Commission didn’t sit well with me from the get-go. It doesn’t matter who the president is, I am going to safeguard the privacy of Wyoming’s voters from any federal overreach because of my strong belief in a citizen’s right to privacy.”
Murray has expressed concern that the creation of the Commission was a federal overreach into a matter of state sovereignty. Murray formally supported a bi-partisan resolution reaffirming all Secretaries of State’s commitment to state sovereignty at the National Association of Secretaries of State’s 2017 summer conference, where Murray serves as the Western Region Vice-President. “…states are responsible for protecting the integrity of their elections including the secrecy of the ballot, security of their election infrastructures, and sensitive personal information included in the states’ voter rolls…” the resolution emphasized.
“The election process is a matter of state sovereignty,” Murray stated. “I am proud that the 2016 Election in Wyoming was conducted accurately, securely, and with integrity. Every individual voter can be assured that the vote they cast was counted and that it went for the candidate for whom they voted. I support any efforts to ensure the same essential guarantee of election integrity that we have in Wyoming exists across the nation, but not at the expense of citizen privacy, or at the risk of federal overreach.”