On June 30, 2017, a senior news editor and writer for NBC News (NBC Nightly News), Bradd Jaffy, posted a screenshot of text purporting to be an official press release from the Mississippi Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann.
The text is stated to be a response to President Donald Trump’s commission on voter fraud, which is seeking information on the registered voters of every state.
The press release says of the voter fraud commission: “They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from.”
Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr., a representative of Virginia’s 8th congressional district since 2015, likewise quoted this text in response to President Trump on July 1, 2017.
This claim is true.
The full press release, dated as being for immediate release on June 30, 2017, is posted on the official government website of the Mississippi Secretary of State.
It reads as follows (emphasis ours):
SECRETARY HOSEMANN’S STATEMENT ON REQUEST FOR VOTER ROLL INFORMATION
” ‘Our Office has not received any correspondence from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. A copy of such correspondence to another Secretary of State has been forwarded to us. As all of you may remember, I fought in federal court to protect Mississippi voters’ rights for their privacy and won. (See True the Vote v. Hosemann, 43 F.Supp.3d 693 (S.D. Miss. 2014))
In the event I were to receive correspondence from the Commission requesting the following,
“if publicly available under the laws of the state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information,”
My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from.
Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.’ “