- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s elections board will provide voter data requested this week by President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud. But the records will not include personal information deemed confidential.

Executive Director Kim Strach of the state election and ethics board said in a news release Friday that she recognizes the public’s concerns about voter privacy and that only data already considered public records will be provided. That includes a voter’s name, address, political affiliation, demographic data and participation in past elections. No Social Security and driver’s license numbers will be included.

Democratic officials in some states say they will not comply with the request for publicly available voter roll data because it’s based on false fraud accusations. Trump has claimed - without evidence - that between 3 million and 5 million people voted illegally last year.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he advised that the board not provide anything beyond public record. “I have concerns that it is an effort to justify the president’s claims about voter fraud,” he said in a news release.

Cooper cited a recent state elections board report on last fall’s elections in North Carolina that he said show fraud is not a significant problem. The report found about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots - a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast statewide. The vast majority of ineligible ballots came from felons who had not yet served out all of their punishments.

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