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California Refuses Bogus ‘Election Integrity’ Commission’s Data Request

We urge Secretaries of State who received a letter from Kris Kobach to reject this request and discourage state and local officials from participating in this Commission’s unsafe activities.President Donald Trump’s commission on election integrity is asking all 50 states and the District of Columbia for data from state voter rolls and California already sent a message right back refusing to do so.Voting and civil rights advocates are ringing alarm bells on Thursday after it was learned that an election commission established by Donald Trump-one which critics feared from its inception would be used to suppress, not protect, voter access-had sent requests to all fifty states demanding personal and detailed information about voters.Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton but has alleged, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally.The request by Kris Korbach, Kansas’ secretary of state and the vice chairman of the commission, is already facing a backlash by states that say the request is unnecessary and unwarranted. “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”, Padilla said in his statement. Merrill cited past legal challenges to Kobach’s efforts to clean up voter rolls in Kansas, which have led to some eligible voters being removed from registration lists. Other information Kobach requested, including, the last four digits of voters’ social security numbers and military status wouldn’t be made available, he said.”Given Secretary Kobach’s history we find it very hard to have confidence in the work of this commission”, said Merrill, a Democrat and outgoing president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.”We know that voting discrimination and voter suppression are the real threats to American democracy and we will resist the Commission’s attempt to divert federal resources and attention away from these problems”.The letter was published on Twitter by Vanita Gupta, a former head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, who is now President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.The commission’s main goals are to come up with recommendations that will increase the public’s confidence in the election system and look for forms of voter fraud.Kobach also asked each state to respond to a few questions.Connecticut’s secretary of state, also a Democrat, reacted the same way. But The White House has moved quickly to find and uproot fraud, with Trump signing an executive order May 11 to establish the advisory commission.