June 30, 2017 (San Diego) do you vote? Have you voted at least once since 2006? Turns out the Federal Commission on Election Integrity wants that data. They also want your last four social security number, your birthday and who you voted for. They also want to know what Party you are affiliated with. This was reported by The Hill who obtained the letter.
It also demands about “convictions for election -related crimes” since the November 2000 presidential election.”
Mind you, the commission is going on a witch hunt that will send chills down the voting public. What are the odds this information could be misused? Moreover, the vote is secret in the United States. There are solid reasons to maintain that secrecy. After all, police state’s have used that knowledge to punish those who did not vote the approved way.
Thankfully Secretaries of State across the United States are refusing to participate. Alex Padilla, the California Secretary of State, released a statement that read in part:
The President’s Commission has requested the personal data and the voting history of every American voter–including Californians. As Secretary of State, it is my duty to ensure the integrity of our elections and to protect the voting rights and privacy of our state’s voters. I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections.
This commission is not looking at potential problems with electronic machines. Those are relatively easy to solve, just use hand counted, hand verified, paper ballots, like European nations are starting to do partly because of the Russian threat.
However, they are trying to get data to prove a king standing conspiracy theory. This was even mentioned by President Donald Trump in a Tweet “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
According to the Hill, it is not just California. New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky have refused to turn any data. Officials in Connecticut, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, North Carolina, Indiana, and Iowa would only turn what is publicly available, but not sensitive data. We presume this includes voting patterns and social security numbers. Wisconsin will comply with the public data, charging the commission $12,500.
Governor Andrew Cuomo went so far as to call this a myth.
The danger in this request is that it could scare populations, chiefly minorities, from the voting booth. It could also be used to punish. It is voter suppression at its finest.