President Trump signed an executive order in May, creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, in an effort to investigate suspected voter fraud.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who serves as vice chair on the committee, sent a letter this week to all 50 states, requesting their voter registration data, specifying he only wanted “publicly-available voter roll data” under the laws of each state.
Kobach also requested recommendations from each state on how to improve integrity in the election process.
Already, Democratic officials are digging in their heels and declaring they are not about to turn over the requested voter roll data, which includes names, dates of birth, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, voter history, political party, felony convictions, and military status.
Terry McAuliffe, Democratic governor of Virginia, released a written statement Thursday, saying, “I have no intention of honoring this request. Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia.”
McAuliffe further alleged, “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.”
California refused to cooperate as well, stating in a letter, “California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach.”
“The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections,” claimed California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
Connecticut agreed to provide some information “in the spirit of transparency,” but said they would withhold “protected data.”
New York has refused to cooperate as well, and Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted out Friday, “NY refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election. We will not comply with this request.”
NY refuses to perpetuate the myth voter fraud played a role in our election. We will not comply with this request.https://t.co/eQC6ORV0v1
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 30, 2017
President Trump has long expressed concerns that illegal aliens may have voted in the presidential election, a claim that has been rejected by Democrats.
However, a new study by a think tank called “Just Facts” recently reported that as many as 5.7 million non-citizens may have voted in the election and re-election of Barack Obama.
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