Trump com­mis­sion’s at­tempt to ob­tain voter records from states

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Fred Ris, Steve Baur, John M. Con­tino, Ellen Dumm,

“Voter records are pub­lic records,” July 9 ed­i­to­rial.

Your ed­i­to­rial points out that “Any­one from a blog­ger in Boul­der to the pres­i­dent’s com­mis­sion can re­ceive Colorado voter reg­is­tra­tion records.” Three sen­tences later, you state that Sec­re­tary of State Wayne Wil­liams “should make sure to trans­mit the records se­curely, not just in an in­se­cure email as the com­mis­sion asked.” I don’t un­der­stand why the se­cu­rity of trans­mis­sion is rel­e­vant if ac­cess to the state records is as wide open as you say.

Per­haps you are re­spond­ing to the idea that one thing that hin­ders an ad­ver­sary from sig­nif­i­cant med­dling in our elec­tion process is the same an­noy­ing fac­tor that makes elec­tion-night re­sults so hard to pin down quickly — a vastly dis­trib­uted set of in­con­sis­tent elec­toral poli­cies and procedures across the coun­try. Were I a for­eign op­er­a­tive work­ing on elec­toral dis­rup­tion and/or ma­nip­u­la­tion, one of the best tools I could hope for would be a com­pre­hen­sive, na­tional ros­ter of voter in­for­ma­tion.

This is cur­rently not avail­able with­out much work, but it ap­pears to be the com­mis­sion’s aim to as­sem­ble one. Such an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of data should in­deed be han­dled very se­curely. Or, per­haps not be as­sem­bled in the first place, as it can­not re­li­ably be pro­tected from hack­ing or other leak­age. ●●●

Thanks to The Denver Post for fa­vor­ing, in the­ory at least, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quest for pub­lic records of states’ voter in­for­ma­tion.

It is in­ter­est­ing that states that did not con­trib­ute to Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory are op­posed to com­ply­ing with the fed­eral re­quest. They si­mul­ta­ne­ously dis­play de­ri­sion to­ward his con­tention that the pop­u­lar vote to­tals were skewed against him by voter fraud.

If Trump’s the­ory is non­sense, why not speak the truth and shame the devil? In­stead, th­ese blue states act as if they have some­thing to hide and as if in­creas­ing state and fed­eral lit­i­ga­tion costs is a form of civic virtue. ●●●

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has of­fered no proof that mil­lions of peo­ple voted il­le­gally in the last gen­eral elec­tion. Such proof is not al­ways easy to un­cover.

For ex­am­ple, in Oc­to­ber 2015, Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assem­bly Bill 1461, the New Mo­tor Voter Act, which al­lows any­one with a driver’s li­cense to reg­is­ter to vote. Be­cause il­le­gal im­mi­grants are el­i­gi­ble for driver’s li­censes, they could be al­lowed to vote if the sec­re­tary of state fails to prop­erly ver­ify their el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Also, in Vir­ginia, where il­le­gal im­mi­grants are is­sued driver’s li­censes when they reg­is­ter their ve­hi­cles, the state’s Mo­tor Voter law re­quires that ev­ery­one who fills out driver’s li­cense ap­pli­ca­tions must be given a chance to reg­is­ter to vote sim­ply by check­ing a box on a form.

Th­ese two states, at least, with a wink and a nod, are guilty of noth­ing short of state-spon­sored voter fraud, such that it is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to quan­tify the level of fraud. ●●●

Thanks to The Denver Post for call­ing on vot­ers not to with­draw their voter reg­is­tra­tion be­cause they think it will with­hold in­for­ma­tion from Don­ald Trump’s ridicu­lous voter fraud com­mis­sion.

The prob­lem is not that the com­mis­sion is go­ing to end up with too much in­for­ma­tion on vot­ers — it will ac­tu­ally end up with too lit­tle in­for­ma­tion. With­out more per­sonal in­for­ma­tion like birth date, So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber and more, the com­mis­sion will match names to im­mi­gra­tion and other data­bases and come up with mil­lions of false matches.

Just about ev­ery­one has peo­ple whose names match or come close to match­ing their name — with an ex­act or sim­i­lar birth year. There’s even an­other Ellen Dumm in In­di­anapo­lis.

Elec­tion of­fi­cials from both par­ties across the coun­try agree this com­mis­sion is a farce to cover for a pres­i­dent who can­not ac­cept that he lost the pub­lic vote. But can­cel­ing your own vote (and so many will for­get to re-reg­is­ter) is not the an­swer. That’s the so­lu­tion the com­mis­sion was de­signed for. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Denver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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