While everyone’s attention is focused (and rightly so) on the Don Jr mess with the Russian meeting on June 9, 2016, and GOP Healthcare, Trump Sr. and republicans around the country, are quietly working to win the 2018 and 2020 elections by controlling who gets to vote. Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity along with its leader Kris Kobach are pushing hard to control who gets to vote in future elections. The Commission sent letters requesting that “states provide voter-roll information including the names, addresses, birth dates, partial Social Security numbers, party affiliation, felon status and other data for every registered voter in the country.” http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-voter-suppression-team-playing-long-game/ This plan was received with indignation and refusal by most states. Some states are providing information that is already public but others are refusing to comply at all. Even Kris Kobach as the Kansas secretary of state had to decline on providing some of the data that he himself required in the letter!
In a meeting of secretaries of state a resolution was passed stating that “states are responsible for protecting the integrity of their elections including the secrecy of the ballot, security of their election infrastructures and sensitive personal information included in the states’ voter rolls” and reaffirming the secretaries’ “commitment to strengthening election cyber security, improving processes, and increasing voter participation.” http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-voter-suppression-team-playing-long-game/
At the same time, the DOJ is proceeding with their own plan, driven by attorney general Sessions and VP Pence. This could be a more treacherous plan to control voting in this country. Their letter was sent to 44 states and commanded the states to show proof of how they were abiding by the rules of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. The NVRA allows voter registration at public service agencies. Kobach, Sessions and Pence want people to have to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. The problem with that is that many people do not have U.S. citizenship papers, nor even birth certificates. So the ultimate goal of Kobach and Sessions may be to get the NVRA repealed so that the federal government can order states to follow their voting restrictions.
In the meantime, the ACLU and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed separate lawsuits against the Trump administration saying that their Commission on Election Integrity is violating federal law. They also challenge the lack of transparency. Trump’s plan is viewed as a way to prove that millions of people voted illegally, and proving that Trump’s claim that he lost the popular vote was due to massive election fraud.
Please remember, the truth is that it will only take restricting the vote in a few states to change the winner.