Forty-four of the fifty states refused to provide data to Trump’s commission investigating voter fraud, as the White House seems to have been completely clueless about state voter privacy laws.
Forty-four states have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.
As of Tuesday afternoon, two states — Florida and Nebraska — are still reviewing the commission’s request. Another two states — Hawaii and New Jersey — have not returned CNN’s request for comment. And while six states are still awaiting a letter from the commission, four of them — New Mexico, Michigan, South Carolina and West Virginia — have already pledged not to provide voters’ private information. The other two of those six states, Arkansas and Illinois, have not released statements ahead of receiving the letter. Just three states — Colorado, Missouri, and Tennessee — commended Kobach’s attempt to investigate voter fraud in their respective statements.
The whole point of this commission was to collect private data to prove that there is massive fraud happening that benefits Democrats nationwide. The presidential commission was intended to both prove Trump’s conspiracy theory that he won the popular vote, and to lay the groundwork for a massive federally directed voter purge of likely Democratic voters.
The effort by the Trump was a brazen attempt to reshape the electorate along the lines of the typical Republican voter. States have rejected the commission request three grounds. The data requested is an invasion of privacy. Secondly, states have been granted control of their own elections under the Constitution, and lastly, what the Trump administration is doing is clearly the beginning of a voter suppression campaign.
With just three states cooperating, it looks like the commission is falling apart. Trump’s effort to prove voter fraud has met a brick wall called the Constitution, and it is a reminder that presidents do not have unlimited power.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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