Trump's major threat to voting rights

Katie O'Connell, People For the American Way
2017-07-09 10:05:21
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne-- I wanted to make sure you saw this message about Trump's 'voter suppression' commission. He's so carried away with his illegitimate claims that voter fraud occurred in the 2016 election that he has convened a panel lead by Vice President Mike Pence with notorious vote suppressors Kris Kobach and Hans von Spakovsky. The commission is demanding that every state turn over personal voter data, putting voters' privacy and security at risk. Anne, this commission and its data collection endeavor are all part of efforts by this administration to suppress the vote. So this week we joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other partner organizations urging all state election officials to reject this request. Please join us and demand that state election officials refuse to hand over sensitive voter data>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Thanks! --Katie, PFAW Dear Anne, Trump's bogus 'election integrity' commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is starting to build steam and will have a major meeting in less than two weeks. To refresh your memory, this is the commission developed to justify Trump's outlandish conspiracy theory about millions of "illegal" voters in 2016. And Kris Kobach is perhaps America's foremost architect of voter suppression laws. Last week, Kobach sent a letter to election officials in every state requesting comprehensive data on ALL registered voters, including the last four digits of their social security numbers, their addresses, their dates of birth, their political affiliations, and their voting histories. This commission, ostensibly established to investigate "fraud" is a fraud itself, and includes some of the most notorious vote suppressors from the Far Right. There is no shortage of mischief they could seek to do with the requested data in their efforts to make it harder for certain eligible voters to cast their ballots. Please join us in urging state election officials to deny Kobach's request for voter data>> site.pfaw.org/site/R National security experts fear that allowing the federal commission to compile all of this data in one place is a grave security risk -- making the data much more vulnerable to cyber-attack. In fact, perhaps the main firewall against deeper Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and efforts by would-be election hackers in general, is that the US has dispersed voting systems with databases maintained at the state and county levels. And the likelihood of voter suppression being the driving motive of this commission is something we all need to be sounding the alarm about. The newest announced addition to the commission is Hans von Spakovsky of the right-wing Heritage Foundation. Von Spakovsky, a former Federal Elections Commissioner and DOJ official, has done more than anyone to propagate the myth of widespread voter fraud -- which, in turn, laid the foundation for Donald Trump's conspiracy theory about 3-5 million "illegal" voters in 2016. Kobach himself instituted policies in Kansas that disenfranchised tens of thousands -- including an onerous proof of citizenship voting requirement that landed 1 in 7 of new registrants -- 35,000 eligible voters -- on the state's suspended voter list. And last year, Kobach recruited a few other states to join him in a program called Crosscheck, which was found to grossly inflate claims of voter fraud with sloppy data matching between states' voter rolls. We fear that the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission could be looking to replicate these efforts on a much larger scale. Tell your state election officials to stand up to Trump's commission and keep voters' information secure>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Thank you! Your vigilance defense of voting rights is needed now more than ever. --Katie O'Connell, Digital Communications Coordinator P.S. Already, 44 states and DC are refusing to provide at least some of the voter data requested by Trump's so-called "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity." And to give us all a preview of how creative he can be at spinning and manipulating facts, Kobach issued a combative press statement calling the reports about this "fake news." But aside from Kobach's strange interpretation of the facts, it is true that a far fewer states than 44 are doing what they should and refusing to comply in a comprehensive way. Help change that by petitioning your state's election officials now -- tell them not to cooperate with the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission>> site.pfaw.org/site/R donate: site.pfaw.org/site/R                                 Do not reply directly to this e-mail. Please use xxx. Trouble viewing the email? VIEW AS WEB PAGE>> site.pfaw.org/site/R This email was sent to xxx. Reaching you over email is the best way we have to let you know about the ways you can take action to fight the Right Wing and defend our constitutional rights and values. If you have any thoughts, comments, or criticisms, or if there's a better email address at which to reach you, please let us know. If you'd like to unsubscribe from our list, you can do that here: site.pfaw.org/site/CO . But know that if you leave, it will be harder for you to stay involved with People For the American Way and continue our crucial work. 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Anne--

I wanted to make sure you saw this message about Trump's 'voter suppression' commission. He's so carried away with his illegitimate claims that voter fraud occurred in the 2016 election that he has convened a panel lead by Vice President Mike Pence with notorious vote suppressors Kris Kobach and Hans von Spakovsky. The commission is demanding that every state turn over personal voter data, putting voters' privacy and security at risk.

Anne, this commission and its data collection endeavor are all part of efforts by this administration to suppress the vote.

So this week we joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other partner organizations urging all state election officials to reject this request.

Please join us and demand that state election officials refuse to hand over sensitive voter data>>

Thanks!

--Katie, PFAW


Dear Anne,

Trump's bogus 'election integrity' commission, headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is starting to build steam and will have a major meeting in less than two weeks.

To refresh your memory, this is the commission developed to justify Trump's outlandish conspiracy theory about millions of "illegal" voters in 2016. And Kris Kobach is perhaps America's foremost architect of voter suppression laws.

Last week, Kobach sent a letter to election officials in every state requesting comprehensive data on ALL registered voters, including the last four digits of their social security numbers, their addresses, their dates of birth, their political affiliations, and their voting histories.

This commission, ostensibly established to investigate "fraud" is a fraud itself, and includes some of the most notorious vote suppressors from the Far Right. There is no shortage of mischief they could seek to do with the requested data in their efforts to make it harder for certain eligible voters to cast their ballots.

Please join us in urging state election officials to deny Kobach's request for voter data>>

National security experts fear that allowing the federal commission to compile all of this data in one place is a grave security risk -- making the data much more vulnerable to cyber-attack. In fact, perhaps the main firewall against deeper Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and efforts by would-be election hackers in general, is that the US has dispersed voting systems with databases maintained at the state and county levels.

And the likelihood of voter suppression being the driving motive of this commission is something we all need to be sounding the alarm about.

The newest announced addition to the commission is Hans von Spakovsky of the right-wing Heritage Foundation. Von Spakovsky, a former Federal Elections Commissioner and DOJ official, has done more than anyone to propagate the myth of widespread voter fraud -- which, in turn, laid the foundation for Donald Trump's conspiracy theory about 3-5 million "illegal" voters in 2016.

Kobach himself instituted policies in Kansas that disenfranchised tens of thousands -- including an onerous proof of citizenship voting requirement that landed 1 in 7 of new registrants -- 35,000 eligible voters -- on the state's suspended voter list.

And last year, Kobach recruited a few other states to join him in a program called Crosscheck, which was found to grossly inflate claims of voter fraud with sloppy data matching between states' voter rolls. We fear that the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission could be looking to replicate these efforts on a much larger scale.

Tell your state election officials to stand up to Trump's commission and keep voters' information secure>>

Thank you! Your vigilance defense of voting rights is needed now more than ever.

--Katie O'Connell, Digital Communications Coordinator

P.S. Already, 44 states and DC are refusing to provide at least some of the voter data requested by Trump’s so-called "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity." And to give us all a preview of how creative he can be at spinning and manipulating facts, Kobach issued a combative press statement calling the reports about this "fake news." But aside from Kobach's strange interpretation of the facts, it is true that a far fewer states than 44 are doing what they should and refusing to comply in a comprehensive way.

Help change that by petitioning your state’s election officials now -- tell them not to cooperate with the Pence-Kobach voter suppression commission>>


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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