The Latest in Vote Fraud Efforts

We may now have a better idea of what the president and Republicans had in mind when Agent Orange created his Commission on Election Integrity.

It looks like they’re going to try to figure out the best ways to interfere with the integrity of our elections.

How else to explain creating a commission to look into vote fraud that consists entirely of members of only one political party?

How else to explain why Kris Kobach, the leading proponent of voter ID laws in the entire country, is the guy calling the shots for that commission, which certainly reeks of “I’ve already made up my mind about this and the facts be damned”?

How else to explain why Kobach is still in charge of that commission even though a federal judge recently fined him for “presenting misleading arguments in a voting-related lawsuit”?

How else to explain why that commission asked the 50 states and the District of Columbia for extensive data on all of their registered voters:  not just routine stuff like our names, addresses, and date of birth but also our party affiliation, our felony conviction records, our voting history for the past ten years, our social security numbers, and our military service records?

What business do they have asking for our party registration?

What business do they have asking for our felony conviction records?

What business do they have knowing how often we choose (or choose not) to vote?

What business do they have knowing our social security numbers?

What business do they have asking about our military service records – and of what value could such information possibly be other than to create mayhem?

What business do they have even asking for such information?

The Curmudgeon is far from alone in raising these questions – and in replying that it’s none of their damn business.

As of yesterday, election officials in more than half the states have indicated that they either will not comply at all with the commission’s data request or will reply only partially, with data that is already publicly available. This isn’t, moreover, a partisan response:  among those who have rejected the request in some form are officials in the red-red Republican states of Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, and – hold onto your ten-gallon hats, folks – Texas.  Also part of the resistance:  Kansas, Kris Kobach’s home state, and Indiana, home of vice president Mike Pence, the official head of the commission.  Officials in some states still haven’t decided.

Despite its alleged dedication to rooting out vote fraud, this commission is apparently not looking into what a lot of people think is a very real aspect of vote fraud:  how the Russians hacked into the election systems of 39 – 39! – states prior to the 2016 presidential election and determining what they may or may not have done.

Because this commission is apparently interested in looking only for vote fraud that may have hurt Republicans, not vote fraud that helped Republicans.

It’s hard to avoid the suspicion that the real purpose of this effort is to learn more about how states conduct their elections so that in the future, Republicans – the only ones involved in this commission and the only ones who will have complete access to everything it learns – will have a better idea of how to prevent those pesky minorities and poor people from voting.  In fact, cybersecurity experts believe that compiling such information in one place, combined with the commission’s pledge to make all of the information it collects publicly available, would be a bonanza for hackers, schemers, and criminals, increasing the vulnerability of our fellow Americans and endangering the integrity of the American electoral system.

Agent Orange, of course, couldn’t resist weighing in on this controversy – the man has no filter at all, not even the slightest inclination toward self-restraint – and tweeted that

Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?

Which is, of course, exactly the question many of us ask when he continues his ham-handed efforts to prevent federal investigators, including the special prosecutor, from figuring out what role the Russians may have played in his election to the presidency and whether he won that election with a little help from his friend-skis or they were just doing it on their own.

What are they trying to hide?  Turn that around:  What is he trying to hide?

And let’s look again at the president’s tweet:

Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?

Which also, of course, is exactly the question many of us ask when he continues to refuse to make public his tax returns.

What are they trying to hide?  Again, turn that around:  What is he trying to hide?

 

 

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