The Election Integrity Commission has asked all fifty states and DC to submit their’ voter rolls to the commission. The sought records would include voters’ names, addresses, party affiliation, date of birth, last four digits of their Social Security number and voting history of the last ten years. Commission vice chairman Kris Kobach stipulated that “any documents that are submitted to the full Commission will also be made available to the public.”
Kobach then, in his role as Kansas’ Secretary of State, refused to comply with the request by withholding his own state’s data from the very commission he heads.
Just days later, the total number of states refusing to comply has risen to forty, and Kobach and his commission cannot be viewed as anything other than frauds.
As reported in a recent Washington Post article on Trump’s voter fraud commission:
“States began reacting to the letter on Thursday afternoon. “I have no intention of honoring this request,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia in a statement. “Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia.”
Connecticut’s Secretary of State, Denise Merrill, said she would “share publicly-available information with the Kobach Commission while ensuring that the privacy of voters is honored by withholding protected data.” She added, however, that Kobach “has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas” and that “given Secretary Kobach’s history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this Commission.”
In May, Trump created a commission to investigate alleged acts of voter fraud after he claimed, without evidence, that 3 million to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 election. The commission is chaired by Kobach, who is the Kansas secretary of state and a voter-fraud hard-liner.”
And as Matt Shaham of TPM reported on June 30:
“The vice chair of President Donald Trump’s shady “election integrity” commission has added his own state to the growing list of states that will not fully comply with the commission’s requests for sensitive voter information.
That’s right: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will not hand over information to his own commission.
“In Kansas, the Social Security number is not publicly available. … Every state receives the same letter but we’re not asking for it if it’s not publicly available,” Kobach told the Kansas City Star Friday. It was a change in stance from Thursday, the paper reported, when Kobach said Kansas would provide all requested information to the commission.
Shouldn’t the election integrity commission have requested the Interstate Crosscheck files first?
The first set of documents any commission on election integrity which is focussing on voter fraud would need and request would be the Interstate Crosscheck files and databases. Interstate Crosscheck was used in over thirty states to jettison over a million voters off the voter rolls before the 2016 election under the auspices that those voters were guilty of voter fraud. And Interstate Crosscheck’s chief architect and main implementer was none other than Kris Kobach.
The stated reason for implementing the Interstate Crosscheck purge was to eliminate voters from the voter rolls who were alleged to be voting in two different states. That would constitute voter fraud, a chargeable crime, and yet so far as we know, none of the over 3 million names on the list have been charged with voter fraud.
Instead, the Interstate Crosscheck list was used to fictitiously pair similarly-named, but not identical, individuals in different states and purge these legitimate voters from their state’s voter rolls without the slightest proof that anyone on the lists had actually committed voter fraud. There was never any actual matching of the IDs, nor were any of the reputed vote fraudsters caught or charged with voting twice. Instead, the list was a targeted hit of Democratic voters of color disguised as a list of double-voting criminals, with the intent of lessening Democratic participation in the election. Mission accomplished, as the numbers purportedly struck from the rolls in several states were up to ten times larger than the Republican and/or Trump margins of victory. This included the swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan and others.
And so this list of names, which was deemed legitimate enough by GOP operatives and secretaries of state to implement (read: purge Democrats from the voter rolls), somehow was not requested by the very commission investigating supposed voter fraud by Democratic and “illegal” voters in the 2016 election.
What is the commission really investigating? Our guess is…nothing
Given Kobach’s penchant for disenfranchising, suppressing and cheating Democrats of color out of their votes, given his role as one of the architects of Interstate Crosscheck and its implementation in over 30 states, and given his own refusal to comply with his own commission’s request, we can only conclude that Kris Kobach’s election integrity commission’s number one witness in any investigation should be… Kris Kobach himself.
At this point in time, the commission is a fraud.
It purports to want to investigate practically nonexistent voter fraud instead of the more rampant election fraud. It requests records from states that are far beyond what is necessary and then states it will make that information publicly available. It does not request the Interstate Crosscheck files, which are allegedly the master list of people committing voter fraud. Its own vice chair refuses to allow his own state to comply with the commission’s request. The incredulous amount of data requested will only go into yet another GOP-led organization’s database, most likely for micro-targeting and disenfranchising even more Democratic voters in 2018 and 2020. Besides, wasn’t it just last month when we learned of, and reported on, a GOP firm whose carelessness left almost 200 million voter records exposed online?
If the American people are serious about election integrity, we need to step up the pressure to force the commission to investigate actual election fraud instead of statistically insignificant voter fraud, and to purge the voter disenfranchisement king from his perch atop said commission.
Then again, this is just a pretend commission by a pretend president, set up to legitimatize GOP fantasies that millions voted illegally and cost Trump the popular vote. It never had a single thing to do with election integrity and never intended to get to the bottom of anything which would challenge the fictitious notions of widespread voter fraud that the GOP has been peddling for over a decade while they continue to disenfranchise millions of legitimate Democratic voters and commit widespread and wide-felt election fraud.
Whether or not Kobach gets the boot, the American people will be watching what his sham of a commission “investigates.” My guess is that it won’t be election fraud, Interstate Crosscheck, the GOP itself or the Russians. The Election Integrity Commission, as it stands, doesn’t appear to have anything at all to do with integrity.