Thursday, July 6, 2017

How Embarrassing

 As of Thursday evening, 48 states have refused to turn over private voter data to Trump’s [election integrity] commission. “I’ve been studying America’s election administration since 2000, and I’ve rarely seen a firestorm like this,” wrote MIT political scientist Charles Stewart III.

 Twenty-one states are refusing to give Kobach any data and 27 states are handing over only limited public information on voters (a full list of the states appears below). [...]  Two states have not yet responded. [Hawaii and Nebraska]


 Also notable is the opposition from members of Trump’s own election commission, like Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who said, “Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach,” and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who told Kobach, “Upon review, the request is denied.” One member of the commission, Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis Borunda, has already resigned.


 The commission was set up for one purpose—to spread false information about voter fraud, like Trump’s gigantic lie that millions of people voted illegally, in order to build support for policies that make it more difficult to vote.

  The Nation
Doesn't appear to be working. However, I'm inclined to believe the Red States opposition is less that they're against voter suppression and more that they don't want the federal government in their voting business. But, I'll take it however I can get it.

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