Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Majority Of States Balking At Providing Voter Info To Trump
Trying to salve his own feelings, Trump has claimed that more than 3 million votes cast for Clinton were votes illegally cast (cast by non-citizens or dead people). That claim was met by universal derision.
This has caused Trump to create a "voter fraud" commission to verify his claims. And one of the chairs of that commission appointed by Trump is Kris Kobach -- a man widely known for his efforts to suppress voters not inclined to vote for his party (the Republican Party). He has lost four court battles over his voter suppression efforts. This has many people concerned that Trump not only wants to verify his narcissistic beliefs, but may have some nefarious purpose in creating the commission.
That commission sent letters to all 50 states last May, asking the states to send them information of all the voters in their states. But they are finding that those states, responsible for supervising their own voters (within federal guidelines), are jealously guarding their right to supervise their own state's voting. At least 44 states now say they will either refuse to provide any voter information at all, or will provide only partial information.
CNN has questioned officials in each state, and here is how each state is responding to the Trump commission requests:
: "This office will not share any information not already available to the public. ..." Secretary of State John Merrill said in a statement Friday. "The Secretary of State's Office will comply with the request if we are convinced that the overall effort will produce the necessary results to accomplish the Commission's stated goal without compromising the integrity of the voter rolls and the elections process in Alabama,"