Liberals have been opposing Trump’s investigation into voter fraud ever since he formed a commission to look into it.
They seemingly stopped Trump when a lawsuit was filed, claiming his commission violated the privacy of voters and would create voter suppression. Yet a federal judge sided with Trump and overthrew the lawsuit, giving the commission a green light to investigate voter fraud. (via Reuters)
The ruling comes after the EPIC organization filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Trump’s commission, citing privacy concerns and the potential for the data obtained by the commission to be leaked to identity thieves. Other liberal organizations have backed EPIC’s motion for a stay, claiming the commission’s efforts could lead to voter suppression.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center is a nonprofit organization dedicating itself to the preservation of privacy for American citizens. Recently they’ve been involved in the campaign to release Trump’s tax records and have conducted their own probes into Russia’s supposed hacking of the election.
On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Trump’s commission did not violate privacy concerns and would not infringe on voters’ ability to vote in the future. The judge also determined that some of EPIC’s concerns weren’t valid as the commission isn’t a government agency and has no authority to compel states’ compliance in handing over information.
Vice chairman of the commission, Kris Kobach said in a statement after the ruling that he and the commission “look forward to continuing to work with state election leaders to gather information and identify opportunities to improve election integrity.” (via Reuters)
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was formed by executive order in May with the intent to study instances of voter fraud or the potential for voter fraud within the election system. One method they hope to pursue is to require states to submit detailed information on each voter, such as the last four digits of their social security number, address, political affiliation, felony convictions, and birth date.
Democrats have been critical of the organization, claiming that voter fraud was rare and was a way for Republicans to suppress votes. Many states have downright refused to submit the data and organizations separate from EPIC have also submitted their own lawsuits seeking to break up the commission.
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Trump was suspicious of the widespread opposition from Democrats and liberal state officials who have been stonewalling the request for voter data, “One has to wonder what they’re worried about. There’s something. There always is.” (via New York Times)
It seems that Trump’s suspicions have been somewhat justified as was evidenced when Colorado decided to comply with the request and prepared to send over the voter data only to have hundreds of voters withdraw their registrations. While it could be liberal voters acting on their own to resist Trump, it does raise suspicion that some of the withdrawals were fraudulent voters afraid of getting caught.
Now that the commission has had its victory in court, it will hopefully be allowed to continue its investigation into voter fraud. No doubt Democrats will be opposing the commission throughout its investigation as many of their “votes” are now on the line.