Right-wing 'Crosscheck' program wrong 99% of time. GOP wants to make it national!

Voting Rights (Deadline TODAY) - PFAW Foundation
2017-07-21 12:09:22
A new message from your friends at PFAW Foundation. Anne, Reminder: Our deadline is TODAY to raise the $25K we need to complete the cost of the full-page New York Times ad we want to run exposing Trump's voter suppression commission. We're more than halfway there, but we still need to raise another $11,000 before midnight. (Remember -- the major donor who will chip in $30K towards the effort will put up the money if we can raise our end from PFAW Foundation supporters like you.) Will you chip in a tax-deductible donation now to help us run the ad? site.pfaw.org/site/R Getting the word out about this commission's attack on our right to vote is urgent. Last night, Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham published a piece on the Post's blog titled, "This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide." That's a reference to a program that seems to be a key focus of Trump's so-called 'Election Integrity Commission' -- a program that PFAW's Right Wing Watch has covered extensively, developed by commission co-chair (and perhaps the nation's #1 leading vote suppressor) Kris Kobach. "The program, known as the Interstate Crosscheck System, has been plagued by data quality issues. Three states have recently left it, citing accuracy issues. "But Kobach, who also serves as Kansas's secretary of state and is running for governor in 2018, remains undeterred. In his opening remarks before the election commission he said the Crosscheck program 'illustrates how a successful multistate effort can be in enhancing the integrity of our elections and in keeping our voter rolls accurate. I'm confident that this commission will be equally successful on the national level.'" Translation: the commission plans to encourage and work with states on massive voter roll purges that scrub eligible voters from the rolls. "In theory, the program is supposed to detect possible cases of people voting in multiple locations. But academics and states that use the program have found that its results are overrun with false positives, creating a high risk of disenfranchising legal voters. A statistical analysis of the program published earlier this year by researchers at Stanford, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Microsoft, for instance, found that Crosscheck 'would eliminate about 200 registrations used to cast legitimate votes for every one registration used to cast a double vote.'" This voter suppression commission must be stopped -- and we're going to buy a full-page NY Times ad to help expose the truth behind it. But we can only fund it if enough PFAW Foundation supporters chip in before midnight tonight. Please chip in what you can now! Your gift to PFAW Foundation will be tax-deductible>> site.pfaw.org/site/R Thanks for everything you do. -- Michael Previous message below: Anne, We're hoping to run a full-page ad in the New York Times as early as THIS SUNDAY to expose Trump's sham 'Election Integrity Commission' and the right-wing vote suppressors who are on it. The price tag is $55,000, and we have a major donor who will put up more than half of it -- $30,000 -- if we can raise the other $25,000 from supporters like you before our deadline at midnight tomorrow! This is a BIG match opportunity -- and a big opportunity for PFAW Foundation supporters to make an impact against the Right's war on voting -- but we HAVE TO hit our goal, because it's all or nothing. Will you rush an urgent donation to help us run the ad before our deadline? site.pfaw.org/site/R To sweeten the deal, gifts to PFAW Foundation are tax-deductible! Trump has made outrageous (and completely false) claims about 3-5 million people voting illegally in 2016, to justify his loss of the popular vote, and trying to create 'evidence' for that unprovable fiction was his motivation in forming this commission. But in trying to prop up the myth of rampant illegal voting, the commission's underlying purpose is to lay the groundwork for a new wave of voter suppression nationwide, via voter roll purges and policies that put barriers between eligible voters and the ballot box. We know this because of who is on the commission -- the same people we'll be exposing in our ad if we can make our goal. site.pfaw.org/site/R Kris Kobach: Co-chair of the commission, Kansas Secretary of State, and perhaps the chief architect of the Right's coordinated attack on voting rights. He has been repeatedly sued for making it harder for Kansans to vote. In 2016 he illegally blocked tens of thousands of eligible voters from registering. He repeatedly pushed the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was born in Kenya. In 2015, Kobach said that it was possible that the Obama administration might ban all prosecutions of African Americans. Hans von Spakovsky: As an attorney in George W. Bush's Justice Department, von Spakovsky gave the green light to a restrictive voter ID program in Georgia against the advice of career DOJ attorneys -- at the same time he published an op-ed under a pseudonym supporting ID requirements. Since then he's worked at the far-right Heritage Foundation, whose president openly admitted that his group was working to impose voter ID requirements across the country in order to elect "more conservative candidates." J. Christian Adams: Former Bush Department of Justice Attorney and a longtime critic of the Voting Rights Act. Adams claimed that under President Obama, the Justice Department's Voting Rights Division didn't spend enough time protecting white voters. Ken Blackwell: Former Ohio Secretary of State and current senior fellow at the Radical Right hate group Family Research Council. In 2004 Blackwell became notorious for his efforts to hinder minority voter registration in Ohio in an effort to support the reelection of President George W. Bush. He's one of the few current or former election officials to echo Donald Trump's baseless claims of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 elections. Help us expose Trump's voter suppression commission in the New York Times with an urgent tax-deductible donation right now>> site.pfaw.org/site/R THANK YOU for everything you do! Sincerely, Michael Keegan, President People For the American Way Foundation 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. 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A new message from your friends at PFAW Foundation.



Anne,

Reminder: Our deadline is TODAY to raise the $25K we need to complete the cost of the full-page New York Times ad we want to run exposing Trump’s voter suppression commission.

We’re more than halfway there, but we still need to raise another $11,000 before midnight.

(Remember -- the major donor who will chip in $30K towards the effort will put up the money if we can raise our end from PFAW Foundation supporters like you.)

Getting the word out about this commission’s attack on our right to vote is urgent.

Last night, Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham published a piece on the Post's blog titled, "This anti-voter-fraud program gets it wrong over 99 percent of the time. The GOP wants to take it nationwide."

That’s a reference to a program that seems to be a key focus of Trump's so-called 'Election Integrity Commission' -- a program that PFAW’s Right Wing Watch has covered extensively, developed by commission co-chair (and perhaps the nation's #1 leading vote suppressor) Kris Kobach.

“The program, known as the Interstate Crosscheck System, has been plagued by data quality issues. Three states have recently left it, citing accuracy issues.

“But Kobach, who also serves as Kansas's secretary of state and is running for governor in 2018, remains undeterred. In his opening remarks before the election commission he said the Crosscheck program ‘illustrates how a successful multistate effort can be in enhancing the integrity of our elections and in keeping our voter rolls accurate. I'm confident that this commission will be equally successful on the national level.’”

Translation: the commission plans to encourage and work with states on massive voter roll purges that scrub eligible voters from the rolls.

“In theory, the program is supposed to detect possible cases of people voting in multiple locations. But academics and states that use the program have found that its results are overrun with false positives, creating a high risk of disenfranchising legal voters. A statistical analysis of the program published earlier this year by researchers at Stanford, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and Microsoft, for instance, found that Crosscheck ‘would eliminate about 200 registrations used to cast legitimate votes for every one registration used to cast a double vote.’

This voter suppression commission must be stopped -- and we’re going to buy a full-page NY Times ad to help expose the truth behind it.

But we can only fund it if enough PFAW Foundation supporters chip in before midnight tonight.

Thanks for everything you do.

-- Michael

Previous message below:


Anne,

We’re hoping to run a full-page ad in the New York Times as early as THIS SUNDAY to expose Trump’s sham ‘Election Integrity Commission’ and the right-wing vote suppressors who are on it.

The price tag is $55,000, and we have a major donor who will put up more than half of it -- $30,000 -- if we can raise the other $25,000 from supporters like you before our deadline at midnight tomorrow!

This is a BIG match opportunity -- and a big opportunity for PFAW Foundation supporters to make an impact against the Right’s war on voting -- but we HAVE TO hit our goal, because it’s all or nothing.

To sweeten the deal, gifts to PFAW Foundation are tax-deductible!

Trump has made outrageous (and completely false) claims about 3-5 million people voting illegally in 2016, to justify his loss of the popular vote, and trying to create ‘evidence’ for that unprovable fiction was his motivation in forming this commission.

But in trying to prop up the myth of rampant illegal voting, the commission’s underlying purpose is to lay the groundwork for a new wave of voter suppression nationwide, via voter roll purges and policies that put barriers between eligible voters and the ballot box.

We know this because of who is on the commission -- the same people we’ll be exposing in our ad if we can

Kris Kobach: Co-chair of the commission, Kansas Secretary of State, and perhaps the chief architect of the Right’s coordinated attack on voting rights. He has been repeatedly sued for making it harder for Kansans to vote. In 2016 he illegally blocked tens of thousands of eligible voters from registering. He repeatedly pushed the racist conspiracy theory that President Obama was born in Kenya. In 2015, Kobach said that it was possible that the Obama administration might ban all prosecutions of African Americans.

Hans von Spakovsky: As an attorney in George W. Bush’s Justice Department, von Spakovsky gave the green light to a restrictive voter ID program in Georgia against the advice of career DOJ attorneys -- at the same time he published an op-ed under a pseudonym supporting ID requirements. Since then he’s worked at the far-right Heritage Foundation, whose president openly admitted that his group was working to impose voter ID requirements across the country in order to elect “more conservative candidates.”

J. Christian Adams: Former Bush Department of Justice Attorney and a longtime critic of the Voting Rights Act. Adams claimed that under President Obama, the Justice Department’s Voting Rights Division didn’t spend enough time protecting white voters.

Ken Blackwell: Former Ohio Secretary of State and current senior fellow at the Radical Right hate group Family Research Council. In 2004 Blackwell became notorious for his efforts to hinder minority voter registration in Ohio in an effort to support the reelection of President George W. Bush. He’s one of the few current or former election officials to echo Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 elections.

THANK YOU for everything you do!

Sincerely,

Michael Keegan, President
People For the American Way Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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