From the Morning Memo:

New York is among the of states rebuffing efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to gain access to voter registration information, all part of a stated effort to root out fraud.

Assembly Democrats released a letter urging the Board of Elections not to provide the voter data, arguing that in this instance, it’s not public.

“We’ve requested that they don’t share that information,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie during a stop in Syracuse last week.

For New York officials, including Heastie and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the request for identifying voter information from the commission established by the Trump White House is too broad.

“If there’s information that they want, there’s plenty of things that’s public, but I think their request went a little, not a little, a lot, beyond what I think a normal request should be,” Heastie said.

Trump established the commission after making a debunked and unsubstantiated claim that he lost the popular vote in 2016 because of millions of illegally cast votes. And, at least in New York’s case, much of what the president’s commission is seeking is not publicly available.

“That database is limited,” said Robert Freeman, the executive director of the Committee on Open Government. “It specifies for example a social security number, a motor vehicle ID photo — out of bounds, confidential, completely understandable.”

Freeman said the law is clear: A statewide database maintained by the state Board of Elections isn’t available unless there’s a clear election-related need.

“It also says that statewide list is only available for election purposes,” he said. “From my perspective and I can’t tell you that I’m an expert on the election law, the request by the federal commission does not involve an election.”

Campaigns already maintain reams of data on voters in effort to identify and target supporters in order to get them to come to the polls. Still, there are other avenues for gaining access to voter information by obtaining on the county level.

“The county boards of election have their own separate list of registered voters, names and addresses, among other items in many instances,” Freeman said. “As I read the election law, that list is available to anybody for any reason.”

For now it’s not clear what the commission will do to compel states to release the voter information.