Donald Trump, the president who won’t let you see his tax returns, wants your name, birthday, the last four digits in your Social Security number, as well as your voting history dating back to 2006. Why?
One of the many executive orders Trump signed in May was to establish a commission to “promote fair and honest federal elections.” Beyond a photo op display of his penmanship, he has indeed put together a “voter integrity commission” supposedly in order to prove his claim of “widespread voter fraud” during the 2016 election. His unsubstantiated proclamation is that 3-5 million votes were cast illegally and those illegal votes cost him the popular vote win.
This Thursday letters were sent out to all 50 states demanding they turn over the sensitive information in their voter roll database to said commission. Three states so far have flatly refused. California, Virginia, and Kentucky have stated, as one reason for their non-compliance, they will not waste taxpayer dollars:
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) stated— “At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump’s alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression,”
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) who also refused to cooperate with the Trump request said— “The president created his election commission based on the false notion that “voter fraud” is a widespread issue – it is not, indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the President has repeatedly spread the lie that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the last election, Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country.”
I wonder at the timing of this. During a hearing on cybersecurity just last week, officials of the DHS and the FBI testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee disclosing details of the extent to which voter registration rolls were compromised by Russian hackers. We learned proof exists of attempts to breach the voting systems of 21 states, and of their success in 9 states.
In Illinois for example, personal data of more than 90,000 registered voters was stolen by Russian operatives. Of those records, 90% of the data included drivers license numbers, and 25% contained the last four digits of voters’ Social Security numbers— the same information our POTUS is demanding.
Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany next week. Perhaps Putin could save our taxpayer dollars by giving Trump the information he seeks from the 50 states… or perhaps Trump’s motivation and the timing of his request is to arm himself with a gift for Putin of the information Russian operatives were unable to completely gather previously.
When Americans register to vote is that considered authorization to release personal information which could be used for a myriad of nefarious activities? Given the choice, I would never give my information to a man who is considered a con artist among his peers.
Who is looking out for the interests of Americans? It certainly isn’t Donald Trump, although that is exactly what he promised to do when he took office. The GOP has made it clear that as long as Trump continues to pass their agendas they will not question his actions with regards to Russia.
Why are we allowing this?