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BMV Won’t Give Indiana Driver’s License Info To Census Bureau

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Government, Politics, Statewide News
The Trump administration wants states to hand over that info after federal courts denied its push to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census. The Indiana BMV has declined that request. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
The Trump administration wants states to hand over that info after federal courts denied its push to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census. The Indiana BMV has declined that request. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says it won’t turn over Hoosiers’ driver’s license information to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Trump administration wants states to hand over that information after federal courts denied its push to add a citizenship question to the upcoming census. Nebraska recently became the first state to comply with the White House directive.

The BMV said it received the Census Bureau’s request and “at this time” has declined to provide the driver’s license data.

This is the second time during President Donald Trump’s tenure Indiana has refused to turn over Hoosiers’ private information. Secretary of State Connie Lawson in 2017 denied a presidential election commission access to detailed voter information.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.