]No collaboration with Trumpâ€™s voter suppression commission
Tell governors and state election officials:
â€śDefend the privacy of your stateâ€™s voters and the integrity of our
democracy. Refuse to release any of your stateâ€™s voter data to Donald
Trumpâ€™s Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.â€ť
Add your name:
]Sign the petition â–ş
]Fight voter suppression
Donald Trumpâ€™s voter suppression commission is â€ślaying the groundwork for
voter suppression, plain & simple.â€ť^1 The commission has not even had its
first meeting but its vice chair â€“ one of the worst perpetrators of voter
suppression in the country, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach â€“ just
made a dangerous, unprecedented demand to state election officials: give
me your voter rolls, now.^2
Election integrity advocates immediately raised alarms about Kobachâ€™s
massive data request. Our friends at the Brennan Center said the request
could be used to â€śjustify regressive and disenfranchising federal law.â€ť^
Other experts highlighted that the commissionâ€™s plan to make all the data
public poses a dangerous privacy risk.^3
State election officials are under no obligation to provide the data
Kobach is demanding. Officials from more than 18 states have already
indicated they will not comply in any way with the commission's demand.
Officials in every state should wholly reject the request and refuse to
provide even one piece of data to Kobach and his right-wing voter
]Tell governors and state election officials: Defend our democracy.
Refuse to share your stateâ€™s voter data with Trumpâ€™s voter suppression
commission. Click here to sign the petition.
Trump and extremist right-wing Republicans relentlessly perpetuate the
myth of voter fraud to cast doubt on the electoral process, reinforce
racism, undermine the voting power of communities of color and justify
laws that suppress the vote. Trumpâ€™s commission is designed to legitimize
the voter fraud myth and supercharge suppression efforts at the national
The scale of private data that Kobach requested is staggering. He
the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or
initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if
recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if
available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward,
active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any
felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another
state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen
Voting rights advocates worry that Kobach is trying to use the data to
expand his reckless and discriminatory Interstate Voter Registration
Crosscheck program. Crosscheck is supposed to prevent double voting, but
it encourages and enables voter purges. The system kicks two hundred
eligible voters, often young people and African-American, Latinx and
Asian-American voters, off the rolls for every double vote it finds.^5,6
Only 32 states participate in Crosscheck now. Having 50 statesâ€™ data would
allow Kobach to purge voters nationwide. No state should help him do that.
]Tell governors and state election officials: Refuse to share your
stateâ€™s voter data with Trumpâ€™s voter suppression commission. Click here
to sign the petition
Trump has stacked his commission with people infamous for their efforts to
suppress the vote, including Mike Pence, Indiana Secretary of State Connie
Lawson and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.^7-9 The day after
Kobach sent his letter to the states, Trump added Hans von Spakovsky, who
politicized and gutted the Department of Justiceâ€™s voter protection work
during the George W. Bush administration, to the commission.^10
Democratic and Republican officials in at least 18 states from California
to Mississippi have said they will refuse to comply at all with the
commissionâ€™s data request.^11 Some states have said they will partially
comply with the request while protecting private voter data.^13Â Unless
they are required by law to do so, no state shouldÂ enable or legitimize
Trump's attempts to steal the vote byÂ sharing any data with Kobach.
Even if your state has refused to comply with Kobach's request, it is
important to speak out now to ensure that decision makers in every state
feel massive public resistance. Click the link below to tell governors and
state election officials to refuse to let any of their stateâ€™s voter data
be used to undermine democracy:
Thanks for helping protect the right to vote,
Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
]CREDO Action from Working Assets
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Â 1.Â Christopher Ingraham, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/14508
]Trumpâ€™s voter-fraud commission wants to know
voting history, party ID and address of every voter in the U.S." The
Washington Post, June 29, 2017.
Â 2.Â Jessica Huseman, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/14509
]Presidential commission demands massive amounts
of state voter data," ProPublica, June 29, 2017.
Â 3.Â Ibid.
Â 4.Â Ari Berman, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/14510
]The Trump administration is planning an unprecedented
attack on voting rights," The Nation, June 30, 2017.
Â 5.Â Ibid.
Â 6.Â Greg Palast, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/13994
]The GOP's stealth war against voters," Rolling
Stone, Aug. 24, 2017.
Â 7.Â Robert King, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/13995
]Was Indiana No. 1 in failing to do our civic duty?"
The Indy Star, Nov. 12, 2014.
Â 8.Â Vanessa Williams, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/13996
]Group accuses Mike Pence of voter suppression
after state police raid registration program in Indiana," The
Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2016.
Â 9.Â Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., "[ act.credoaction.com/go/13997
]Was the 2004 election stolen?" Common
Dreams, June 1, 2006.
10.Â Sam Levine, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/14511
]Donald Trumpâ€™s latest election commission pick is a
huge believer in voter fraud conspiracy," HuffPost, June 30, 2017.
11.Â Ari Berman, "[ act.credoaction.com/go/14577
]The Trump administrationâ€™s voter-suppression plans
are backfiring badly," The Nation, July 5, 2017.