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June 30, 2017 | Press Release
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EIC Weekly Update:
Election Integrity Commission Updates
(Last Update: July 19th; next update: July 26th)
After President Trump's Election Integrity Commission made a request of the 50 states for voter roll information, including information that is violative of many state privacy laws, there have been many lawsuits filed against the Commission. This week, the Commission gave its first legal defense, alleging all the information requested was public information already so they weren't in violation of any laws. As a result of the Commission's inquiry, thousands of voters continue to de-register. As the lawsuits move forward, secretaries of states continue to think about whether and how to respond. The White House also allowed people to publicly comment on the Commission, publishing more than 120 pages of comments received from June 29th-July 11th. In a controversial decision, The White House published these mostly negative comments and emails with all the contact information of the commenter, includingpersonal email addresses, home addresses, and phone numbers. The White House only issued a warning about releasing the personal information on July 13th.
The Commission's first official meeting is scheduled to take place on July 19th; and, although it will be available via a White House livestream, the meeting will not be open for public comment, which is being challenged in court. Common Cause to hold Twitter Town Hall with analysis and commentary.
An article published in The Washington Post also reported: "The reason why the commission wants sensitive personal voter data such as Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and voting history is because they are trying to create a profile of likely Democratic voters that they can use to craft federal legislation that will make it more difficult for those people to vote in the next presidential election. Judging from both the desired Republican legislative calendar and the pace of Trump’s commission, it appears that the 2020 election is the target for any new Trump voter suppression law."
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Reporting by: Caitlyn Cobb
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The Transformative Justice Coalition and Voting Rights Alliance Denounces Trump Administration Executive Order Establishing Election Integrity Commission
The Transformative Justice Coalition and the Voting Rights Alliance strongly denounce the Trump Administration's Executive Order establishing an Election Integrity Commission as a cynical ploy to promote voter suppression. "As every study has found insignificant instances of voter fraud, the prioritization of this Commission by President Trump serves no other purpose than that of promoting a false narrative and more voter suppression," said President and Founder Barbara R. Arnwine of the Transformative Justice Coalition and Co-Chair of the Voting Rights Alliance.
The real focus and issues facing Americans’ Election Integrity is the proliferation of 21st Century Jim Crow voter suppression laws throughout our nation, 21st Century IT hacking of our voting machines and no accountability for election results (25% of our voting machines produce NO paper ballots), the gerrymandering of our legislative districts that eliminate competitive elections and stifle public policy debate, and the proliferation of money and secret donations into our American election system. If American democracy is to survive and fulfill the vision of our founding fathers, these are the issues that must be addressed and eliminated.
No further evidence of the bad intent of this Commission is needed than that of the appointment of Voter Suppressor In Chief, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, as Vice-Chair. Over the last several years, Mr. Kobach's schemes to impose proof of citizenship restrictions on the voters of Kansas have been repeatedly rejected by the courts. In addition, Mr. Kobach has been a strong proponent of the Interstate Crosscheck system, which has wrongfully purged voters from state registration rolls. Greg Palast's film "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," details Mr. Kobach's involvement in creating the racially oppressive Crosscheck system.
Any legitimate commission would include members who reflect the organizations which have worked incessantly to combat voter suppression such as Project Vote, the NAACP, the Voting Rights Alliance and more, instead of known serial voter suppressors.
Placing this Commission under the supervision of the anti-voting rights Department of Justice and Attorney General Jefferson Sessions also evidences its purpose to restrict the American electorate at the expense of African American, Latino, Native American, student, low income, and disabled voters. This Commission also will waste public resources.
"We will not remain idle whilst the blood sacrifices of so many people for our voting rights are denigrated and undermined by this Administration," said Ms. Arnwine. "We will fight until this Commission is disbanded."