What it is: In May, Trump launched his so-called “voter fraud” commission. The commission’s unstated goal is to uncover “evidence” for his unfounded claim that millions of people somehow voted illegally in 2016. While this illegitimate claim is just one in a series, it might be his most dangerous yet. He keeps going back to this lie to provide an excuse to change laws to make voting harder and purge voters from the rolls. Given his narrow Electoral College victory last year, keeping people away from the polls may be the only way Trump can win a re-election campaign.
Why it needs to be stopped: When politicians block people from voting, we all lose because it makes our democracy weaker. Unfortunately, the person leading the commission’s efforts is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a long-time foe of voting rights advocates. He’s made a career on erecting barriers to make voting more difficult. In late June, Kobach sent a letter to the state election administrators in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, asking them to compile and send extensive data about voters, including our names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and political party affiliations.
Kobach has not articulated a good reason for collecting so much data. With the scope of this request, Kobach is putting voters’ deeply personal data and privacy at risk. We can’t trust a commission that, within just two months of existence, has already failed to safeguard voter privacy by posting sensitive personal information, including people’s names, addresses, and phone numbers.
Thankfully, 17 states plus DC have said they will not provide any data to the commission; and 29 states will only provide the public information. But we need to do more to stop Kobach and Trump and their commission in its tracks.
Here are 3 things you can do to take action:
#1 Sign our petition to stop the ‘Voter Fraud’ Commission. The commission is trying to operate under the radar. We need to make it clear to elected leaders and the media that people are closely watching the commission and its work.
#2 Contact your state election official and tell them to refuse to comply. When state leaders spoke out against the commission, Kobach started walking back some of his demands. We need to keep the pressure on and stop the commission from shutting the door to voters.
#3 Donate to The Franchise Project. Our most fundamental rights are under threat and we need your help to make sure we can keep protecting them in the coming years. We’re all in this together.
And don’t forget to Tweet at us and tell us how you helped stop the commission!