Even though President Trump has ordered an investigation into voter fraud, Democratic officials are refusing to cooperate by withholding voter data.
Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who serves as the vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, sent a letter to top officials in every state asking for help with the investigation. In addition to asking for ideas on how to improve the integrity of elections, Kobach’s letter asked for personal voter information, but what is already publicly available and according to each state’s laws: names, party affiliation, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, felony convictions, voting history, military service,and more, a Fox News report notes.
The election committee was created by the president via executive order alleging massive voter fraud and illegal voting in the millions during the 2016 election. But Democrat officials don’t believe that to be true and are rejecting the request.
“I have no intention of honoring this request,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia.”
McAuliffe said the allegations are based on a “specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November.”
“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,” the governor said.
Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, released a statement declaring his state would “not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.”
“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 added.
Kobach argues that the commission is seeking the "best data possible” for its investigation and says it’s "nonsense" to think the information would be used for voter suppression.
Fox News reports:
Trump’s voter fraud claims and commission have been controversial from the start.
He originally called for a major investigation into voter fraud back in January, after telling congressional leaders that 3 million to 5 million people illegally voted in the November election.
Trump said the probe would focus on those registered to vote in two states, “those who are illegal” and registered voters who are actually dead.
The commission was not created until months later and was panned by critics as a vehicle to pursue his claim about millions voting illegally. Trump won the Electoral College vote, and with it the presidency, but lost the popular vote to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by about 3 million votes.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said back in January he had seen “no evidence” to back up Trump’s claim of millions of illegal votes. Trump has since said the issue mostly revolves around voter registration problems.
Democrats continue to pretend voter fraud doesn’t exist and it appears they aren't interested in finding out otherwise.