The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was not well-received when it was established in May by President Trump. The commission’s first order of business — demanding that state governments hand over highly personal voter data — has gotten an even worse reception. The call for governments to surrender voter data in order to “increase the integrity of our election systems” was the subject of editorials published by major news outlets across the country on Tuesday, July 4. An editorial from The New York Times argued that the real purpose of the commission is not to prevent voter fraud, but to “make voting harder for millions of Americans, on the understanding that Republicans win more elections when fewer people vote.” ‘As the nation marks 241 years of independence, the most pressing voting issue should be getting those tens of millions of nonparticipating Americans registered and to the polls, so that their voices can be heard. If the paranoid voter-fraud crusaders devoted a fraction of their inquisitorial energy to solving that vexing problem, now that would be something to celebrate.’ The Sacramento Bee‘s editorial board also argued that stopping voter fraud is not Trump’s real intention. The board went on to say that they would take Trump’s concerns more seriously “if he would finally acknowledge the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election and showed at least a little interest in making sure it doesn’t happen again.” They also pointed out the fact that the office of the commission’s vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, isn’t even planning on releasing the information that he has requested from other states. ‘[Even] Kobach said his office won’t provide all the requested information because Social Security numbers aren’t publicly available.
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