Follow up to previous postings – July 19, 2017 via AP – Amid Skepticism And Scrutiny, Election Integrity Commission Holds First Meeting – The panel has faced credibility problems right from the start and the concerns have only grown after it asked all 50 states to send detailed voter registration records.
Follow up to previous posting – Trump’s Election Integrity Commission seeks personal info on all US voters back to 2006 – see news from The Hill -“At least 29 states are pushing back or outright refusing to comply with the Trump administration’s request for voter registration data. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, formed by President Trump to investigate his widely debunked claim that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, sent letters this week to the 50 secretaries of state across the country requesting information about voters. The letter, signed by commission vice chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), asked for names, addresses, birth dates and party affiliations of registered voters in each state. It also sought felony convictions, military statuses, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting records dating back to 2006, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Hill. Many states immediately raised concerns and voiced their opposition to providing the information. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) said that she does not intend to release the data. “The president created his election commission based on the false notion that ‘voter fraud’ is a widespread issue — it is not,” Lundergan Grimes said. “I do not intend to release Kentuckians’ sensitive personal data to the federal government.” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, similarly said he won’t turn over any information to the panel, telling members of the voter fraud commission to, “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”
- See also “President who won’t release his tax returns wants to publish every registered voter’s social security number, DOB, and party affiliation” — Jason Kander (@JasonKander) July 1, 2017.
- Politico: “President Trump dropped in on the first meeting of the presidential advisory commission on election integrity. Trump slammed states that aren’t sending data. The president addressing the commission: “If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they are worried about. And I ask the vice president, I ask the commission, what are they worried about? There’s something. There always is.” — @MatthewNussbaum: “The voter fraud commission will cost $500,000 — $250K this year and next, per VP’s office.” Matt’s story http://politi.co/2vCRETh