At least three states believe that Trump’s incessant claims that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the November election is so insulting that they’ve flat-out blasted him and the commission for insulting their electoral processes. Virginia, California and Kentucky have all issued statements not only laying into Trump for this, but also to refuse to comply with the commission’s requests for sensitive data from their voter rolls.
California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, simply said:
I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.”
He went on to say what seems to be a mutual issue these three states (and, we hope, more) have with the mere existence of the commission:
California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, Vice President, and [Kansas Secretary of State Kris] Kobach.”
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was angry, too, saying that he has no intention of fulfilling the commission’s request for their data:
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.”
Yep. That’s another problem – Trump, his cohorts, and the GOP are very likely using this to justify widespread voter suppression tactics in the form of ID laws and other things.
Perhaps most surprising in this trio was Kentucky, where Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes said:
The president created his election commission based on the false notion that “voter fraud” is a widespread issue – it is not.
Indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election. Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.”
The data that the commission is requesting is ridiculously invasive – they want full names, birth dates, the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, and their voting history going back to 2006. It’s nuts that this is the kind of information they want.
Trump threw this myth into the mainstream when he was busy trying to legitimize his election win on Twitter. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly three million, and that’s intolerable to Trump. But if three to five million illegal votes were cast, then he wins the popular vote as well as the Electoral College, and his win looks more legitimate.
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