Donald Trump created a bogus commission on “election integrity” in May after he claimed, without evidence, that millions undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 election, costing him the popular vote. Many people see through this as an excuse to rewrite his loss in the popular vote and to suppress voters who don’t support Trump.
Now, Trump’s bogus commission is asking for states to turn over sensitive, personal information about voters — including vote history, information about partisan political preference, portions of social security numbers and birth dates.
Sec. of State Brian Kemp has already said he will release sensitive information about Georgia voters over to Trump and his sham of a commission. While it’s clear our right to vote is at risk, Kemp is blindly handing over critical information about us.
Meanwhile other state officials, even Republicans, aren’t buying it.
“The request is simply too broad and includes sensitive information of Arkansas voters,” said Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
According to CNN, so far forty-four states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide certain types of voter information.
States are right to be suspicious of this new “commission” — it’s headed by Kris Kuboch, who has a long history of anti-voting and voter suppression. Kuboch notably led the scheme to prevent thousands of eligible voters from being able to register.
Connecticut’s Democratic Sec. of State Denise Merrill pointed out one of the many glaring red flags: “State officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for.”
“This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas,” Merrill said.
We can’t let Kemp hand over our personal data to this bogus commission. Our right to vote is at stake.