Whenever voter turnout is high, Democrats historically win at the polls. The GOP and Vice President Mike Pence know this all too well. And in an effort to keep minorities and liberal voters out of the polls on election days, they are doing everything in their power to suppress voter turnout and discourage Americans from voting. But state officials from Virginia, Kentucky and California refuse to provide privileged voter data over to Pence’s commission on election “integrity.” Here’s why…
In May, President Trump signed an executive order creating the election commission in an effort to allegedly “promote fair and honest federal elections.” Because he still thinks “millions” of undocumented immigrants somehow discovered a way to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. Although no evidence of this was ever presented and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote fairly, Trump still wants revenge for not being the popular pick.
Pence heads this voter suppression commission. He has sent letters to all fifty states requesting voters’ names, birthdays, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers and their voting history since 2006.
Governors across the country see Pence’s request as a violation of privacy for their citizens. And the leaders of both blue and red states are denying the vice president his request – and it is so good.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe released his own statement saying he has “no intention” of complying with Pence’s voter suppression scheme. Gov. McAuliffe says the entire commission is based on the “false notion” – a nice way of saying a lie – that there was any kind of voter fraud in the 2016 election.
“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,” McAuliffe stated.
California’s Democratic Secretary of State Alex Padilla also said “I will 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, Vice President, and [Kansas Secretary of State Kris] Kobach.”
Even the Secretary of State of Kentucky Alison Lundergan Grimes refuses to abide Pence’s effort to “spread the lie.” And Kentucky predominately voted for Trump in the election.
“The president created his election commission based on the false notion that “voter fraud” is a widespread issue – it is not,” Grimes said in a statement. “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
The question remains. Since Trump won the election, why is he so insecure that he needs to suppress voters in all fifty states? He is trying to get ahead of the huge Democrat turnout in 2020?
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