Trump commission’s attempt to obtain voter records from states
“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.
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