Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Maine Secretary of State open to participating in voter fraud panel

Maine Secretary of State open to participating in voter fraud panel Maine Secretary of State open to participating in voter fraud panel
Kenny Thornton | 12 May, 2017, 10:35

"When Attorney General Jeff Sessions led a similar effort as a former prosecutor in Alabama, it had a chilling effect on the black vote", Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted President Trump's signing of an executive order to create an "election integrity" commission, calling it a "Trump-sponsored propaganda factory".

"The specter of voter fraud has served as an excuse to disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible voters", she said. The administration wants this to be an effort that's driven, in large part, by state officials because those are the folks who actually run elections, the source said. "They didn't vote for me", Trump said in an interview with ABC News that aired January 25. "That's true all across the country", he said, adding that the panel won't be looking back at prior elections.

Trump's order says "improper voter registration" applies to any scenario where a person ineligible to vote becomes an eligible voter in a particular jurisdiction. Kobach has long claimed that there's widespread illegal voting by noncitizens in the US, despite the lack of evidence.

An administration official told ABC News that membership for the commission is already being discussed.

Were they going to appoint a commission on How Trump Had the Biggest Inaugural Crowd in History while they were at it? We call on professional elections administrators, serious academics, and elected officials to refuse to participate in what will be a pretext for disenfranchising Americans.

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In a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian election tampering in March, voter fraud became a topic of questioning - Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., asked Comey if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had any evidence that votes were changed in states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and OH, to which Comey answered "No". Still, there are some conservative groups that think that voter - that think voter fraud is a problem. He has imposed ridiculously strict identification and proof-of-citizenship tests on voters, which courts have smacked down multiple times.

Those anti-fraud measures have improperly pushed 30,000 people off the voting rolls, and have halted registration by an additional 35,000 people, claims the ACLU.

Trump said in January he would seek an investigation into voter fraud in the election, even though the consensus among state officials and election experts is that it is rare in the United States. And while the commission may include Democrats, Kobach's presence robs it of any credibility.

Kobach, who helped on the Trump transition team, is a lightning rod for critics who have accused him of extreme racism and having ties to white nationalists.

"The desire to "study vulnerabilities" is pretext for finding ways to intimidate and suppress voting in communities of color, particularly among Asian American, African American and Latino voters", the organizations said in a statement.

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