‘Go Jump in the Gulf of Mexico’: States Bash Trump’s Effort to Collect Vote Data

US (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump wants every voter’s data. So far, 24 states, including some Republican states that swung for Trump, have said they won’t let that happen.

Trump seeks intimate personal data such as birthdays, addresses and Social Security numbers, for a unified and centralized interface for easy access to the information as part of a commission on voter “fraud.” Trump and his surrogates said many times before and after the US presidential election last year that such fraud is increasing, despite having no evidence for their claims.

Kris Kobach, vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asked for voters’ records from all 50 states on Wednesday.

As of Friday, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington state and Wisconsin had rebuffed the White House’s request, according to voting rights guru Ari Berman.

“It’s probably a good idea not to make publicly available the name, address and military status of the people who are serving our armed forces to anyone who requests it,” David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, told ProPublica.

They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico,” Alabama Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman said on Friday afternoon, Mississippi Today reported. America’s upcoming Independence Day on July 4 should be celebrated by Mississippians by “conducting our own electoral processes.”

“It’s probably a good idea not to make publicly available the name, address and military status of the people who are serving our armed forces to anyone who requests it,” David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, told ProPublica.

“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico,” Alabama Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman said on Friday afternoon, Mississippi Today reported. America’s upcoming Independence Day on July 4 should be celebrated by Mississippians by “conducting our own electoral processes.”

​Some 20 states have passed onerous voter identification laws since 2010 that make voting more difficult, according to the Brookings Institution. For all the talk that Russia tried to “interfere” with the US elections by “undermining” integrity in democracy, what often goes unnoticed is that Republicans have been working hard to prevent people from voting for years.

Suppressive measures include requiring IDs, illegally removing voter rolls, cutting back on early voting options, closing polling stations before people can vote and making it difficult to register for people who move from one state to another.

Voter discrimination has been intentionally partisan. “Students lean more toward the Democrats,” Green Bay, Wisconsin City Clerk Kris Teske wrote in a leaked email from last August. By asking for a polling station near the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, “the site is encouraging the students to vote.” Oh, the horror, the horror, of young people exercising their rights!

This article was reprinted from Sputnik News.

 

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