Should Amer­i­cans worry about Trump’s voter-fraud com­mis­sion?

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Peter Drobeck, Mary Parker, Pa­tri­cia O’Roark,

“Elec­tion panel seeks voter data,” June 30 news story.

The Trump voter com­mis­sion’s at­tempt to take states’ pri­vate voter regis­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion is the most egre­gious and hor­rific power grab by this ad­min­is­tra­tion yet, and will end democ­racy in Amer­ica. The fed­eral govern­ment has no busi­ness look­ing into our party regis­tra­tion and vot­ing records, as we are guar­an­teed the right to a se­cret bal­lot.

Los­ing this right will al­low a one-party sys­tem to in­tim­i­date and threaten those who are not reg­is­tered as Repub­li­can, just as is done in China, Rus­sia, Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea, to name a few. If you think that is a pretty pic­ture, think again. I urge all Amer­i­cans to vig­or­ously de­fend our voter pri­vacy. If we don’t draw a line in the sand on this one, we will have noth­ing left to face down govern­ment’s threats and in­tim­i­da­tion.

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I pre­dict that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion In­tegrity is go­ing to come out with shock­ing sta­tis­tics that mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are reg­is­tered to vote in two states. And the im­pli­ca­tion will be that this is ev­i­dence of wide­spread voter fraud.

Be­fore you fall for this, ask your­self how many peo­ple you know who have moved to a new state ever took the time to un­reg­is­ter in their old state. I know I never have. Be­ing reg­is­tered in two places is not a prob­lem. Vot­ing in both places is voter fraud. I bet they will find few in­stances of this and I also bet those in­stances will be rich peo­ple who have homes in mul­ti­ple states.

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has put forth no le­git­i­mate ra­tionale to jus­tify the reach of the so-called in­ves­ti­ga­tion into voter fraud. The voter fraud al­le­ga­tion is a ruse to ac­quire in­for­ma­tion that can be used to en­gage in voter sup­pres­sion and in­tim­i­da­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the voter fraud “is­sue” is an at­tempt to dis­tract pub­lic at­ten­tion from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing a se­ri­ous out­side threat to the in­tegrity of the 2016 elec­tion by a for­eign power. Why would a United States pres­i­dent, who is sworn to pro­tect the in­tegrity of our democ­racy, do such a thing — un­less he has some­thing to hide?

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