Nearly 3500 Coloradans Cancel Voter Registrations Over Fraud Commission Fears

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for extensive information about voters ignited a bipartisan firestorm from officials who oversee elections.The request has many states up in arms, with to hand over parts or all of the data requested by the commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers, and party affiliation, on every voter in the country.”While this data may serve a objective”, Williams wrote in his letter to the commission Friday, “a single request for data that lacks the non-public data necessary to accurately match voters across states can’t be used to effectively assess the accuracy of voter rolls”. Some include personal addresses, small business contact data, or phone numbers.I, along with colleagues from across the nation, have grave concerns about the objective of this commission and how it will use any collected data.But New Mexico law only allows voter information to be provided for governmental or political purposes.Thousands of Colorado residents have canceled their voter registrations, afraid that President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission would publicly release private information.”This request is very concerning”, wrote one.The public was asked to submit comments via email to the voter integrity commission, which was set up through an executive order signed by Trump to investigate voter fraud. At one point, President Trump even referred to the commission as the “voter fraud panel”.”I respectfully request, as an American-born citizen legally eligible to vote for two decades, that you leave my voter data and history alone, do not publish it, and do nothing with it”, said another.Further, national security experts and former officials from both sides of the aisle have been clear that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.My great worry is that this commission is really a Trojan horse meant to spur additional voter suppression efforts at all levels of government. “By every relevant metric, our state ranks as a leader in election administration”.