Guess Which Three States Refuse to Give Voter Roll Data to Pres. Trumps Election Integrity Commission
by Robert Laurie
Yesterday, we learned that President Trump’s commission on election integrity fired off a letter to all 50 state governments. In it was a request for voter roll data including “including their names, birthdays, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their voting history dating back to 2006.” So far, three states – California, Virginia, and Kentucky – have signaled that they will not honor the request.
In California’s case, the reason given is: “participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President.”
Hmmmmm… From THE HILL
State officials from Virginia, California and Kentucky said Thursday that they will refuse a request for voter roll data from President Trump’s commission on election integrity.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said in a statement that he has “no intention” of fulfilling the request, defending the fairness of his state’s elections. He also blasted the commission in his statement, saying it was based on the “false notion” of widespread voter fraud in the November presidential election.
“At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression,” McAuliffe stated.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) also responded to the request, saying “I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally” in the last election.
“California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, Vice President, and [Kansas Secretary of State Kris] Kobach,” Padilla stated.
So, the obvious question I’d ask is: “Why do you think it would legitimize ‘false claims’ if the data would prove no such fraud took place?”
I’ll be the first to admit that there may be some legitimate reasons not to hand over all the data. I’d even argue that the request, particularly for voter history back to 2006, raises some very real civil liberty questions. However, “we might legitimize accusations of fraud” is not an acceptable response. In fact, it’s a reason we should examine this.
Also, If I were Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe – the governor of a state where the dead are registering to vote – I don’t think I’d be carping about the unsullied sanctity of the election process.
The fact is, everyone (including Democrats who think Russia ‘hacked’ the election) have questions about the strength of our election security. If, as we’re always told, our primary goal is to make sure no voter is disenfranchised, shouldn’t we be desperate to make the process as transparent as possible?
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