States across the country are standing up to Trump’s voter commission, which is suspiciously seeking sensitive voter information in a delusional quest to uncover election fraud.
More concerned with his fragile sense of self-worth than actually governing, Trump has insisted that he only lost the popular vote in the 2016 election because of millions of illegal voters. He has failed to furnish any evidence of this, and the claim has been dismissed across the political spectrum.
Nonetheless, Trump has brought together the “Election Integrity Commission,” helmed by Kris Kobach – a radical, far-right nativist lawyer who has defended hate groups for years. Kobach sent a letter to all 50 states requesting a plethora of private information on each state’s voting population, including voting history, party affiliation, address, contact information, and more for individual citizens.
This horrifying overreach is right in line with Trump’s authoritarian tendencies. Luckily for the nation, however, the states are not having it.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe refused the request, commenting that:
“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 has also turned down the request. Kentucky Sectary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released a strongly worded explanation for her decision to spurn Kobach’s absurd ploy for voters’ private information:
Kentucky SoS rejects request from Trump Election Commission: "Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money." pic.twitter.com/T2yafh3EgG
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 30, 2017
Voter suppression remains a real and dangerous threat to the United States’ most fundamental right. The prevailing checks and balances of the country’s political system – however – are being used to great effect. For the time-being, at least