It isn’t a secret that President Donald Trump is bent out of shape that he lost the popular vote, this is best exemplified by his claim that he would have won the popular vote if it hadn’t been for the “millions of people who voted illegally.”
Now, one would expect that a claim like that would be a bombshell, since our democracy would basically be a sham at that point, except there is no evidence to back up that claim.
Months later the President is now trying to gather the information to back up his erroneous claim, but the states are giving him pushback.
All the information that Trump’s “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” is “public record,” claims Kris Kobach, the chair of the commission, and includes things like the last four digits of social security numbers and if they’re even lived overseas.
What Kobach does not seem to not realize is that in certain states information like partisan identification is private and off-limits.
One of the bigger issues of this request isn’t the nature of the request but the fact that Kobach wants it through an online portal, which has a possibility of being hacked.
Of the fifty states, and DC, that were asked for the information, only Colorado, Missouri, and Tennessee seem to be cooperating while some states are criticizing the President.
Louisiana’s Secretary of State, Tom Schedler (R), told the Commission that:
“you’re not going to play politics with Louisiana’s voter data…if you are, then you can purchase the limited public information available by law.”
Delbert Hosemann, of Mississippi, took the criticism to another level saying that the Commission should go, “jump in the Gulf of Mexico,” while getting some tourism boost because he added that “Mississippi is a great state to launch from.”
While the response from the states have been humorous and reassuring this is still a terrifying precedent for the President to be setting. Elections have always been a function of the states, independent of the Federal government, and President Trump’s actions could potentially violate state sovereignty.
Kris Kobach has had a history of supporting registration and databases to prevent “fraud” which also had a tendency to remove legitimate voters from the system.
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