This is a big one, folks.
A federal judge has just obtained emails from Trump’s transition team sent by the head of Trump’s ‘voter fraud panel’ Kris Kobach showing that their true intent of requesting voter data from all 5o states was to purge voters in an attempt to win future elections.
This is an assault on democracy and free and fair elections – this isn’t hyperbole.
The day after Election Day, Kobach sent an email to Trump’s team, right before being appointed as head of the panel, saying that he was already wanting to implement ‘proof of citizenship requirements’ across the country and that he intended on telling Congress that much.
Here’s the problem: the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, also known as “moter voter” strictly prohibits this. It’s supposed to keep states from purging voters from the rolls, yet Kobach and Trump want to undo this.
So, what did they do? They set up a ‘voter fraud panel’ and even before the results of that data are analyzed or ‘investigated’ this email proves that they’re already under the impression proof of citizenship requirements are needed. That’s a major red flag.
Here was the email:
[W]e will … be putting together information on legislation drafts for submission to Congress early in the administration. I have some already started regarding amendments to the NVRA to make clear that proof of citizenship requirements are permitted (based on my ongoing litigation with the ACLU over this).
Here’s how it affects elections if you’re not quite sure yet how it ties in. By requiring voters to show proof of citizenship, Republicans hope that less people will be registered at places such as the DMV, making it much more difficult for Americans to vote. Who does this primarily hurt? You guessed it, Democrats. It’s all about winning elections, that’s what it comes down to.
Trump wants to take this issue to a Republican Congress because courts have already ruled on this issue due to the existing law. In Kobach’s own state of Kansas, he tried passing a similar law requiring voters to show proof of citizenship but when the ACLU sued Kobach, saying it violated the NVRA, the federal courts blocked it. A ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October even forced Kansas to register more than 20,000 voters.
Now, Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity run by Kobach is wanting voter data under the guise of holding fair elections. It’s one big scam, and this email proves it.
So far, election officials in nearly every state have refused to fully comply with Kobach’s requests for publicly available voter data, saying it was clearly an attempt to suppress the vote.