July 1, 2017 (Baltimore, Maryland) – The NAACP, the nation’s preeminent legacy civil rights organization, is alarmed and troubled by the first official action taken by the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity this week, requesting unprecedented voter data from state governments.
In a letter directed to state officials Wednesday, under the guise of its mandate to investigate vote fraudand 2016 election irregularities, Commission heads Kris Korbach and Vice President Mike Pence asked for suggestions on ways of improving the integrity of U.S. elections, while a second letter sent on the same day by the Dept. of Justice requested personal, private information on millions of registered American voters. This data included the submission of names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers, party affiliations, voting patterns, records of felony convictions, military service and more.
Contrary to President Donald J. Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, and his comments about people voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election having cost him the popular vote, not only has there been no credible proof of any such fraud, the very suggestion has actually been disproven in several studies. And, it was recently confirmed by the report issued by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), comprised of the chief election officers of all 50 states. “In the lead-up to the November 2016 election, secretaries of state expressed their confidence in the systemic integrity of our election process as a bipartisan group, and they stand behind the statement today,” the group said January 24th.
“The NAACP wants it stated clearly and emphatically that we stand with those states that thus far have committed to non-compliance with this request. We will do everything in our power to resist this call, and we’ll continue to lead the fight for the historical gains we’ve made for African Americans, and for all citizens at the ballot box,” said Leon Russell, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. “We see these letters for precisely what they are—illegal, and a looming threat to our democracy. And we believethat this request represents only the first salvo in a move to implement the widespread suppression of American voters, the possible purging of the rolls and a rollback of our Constitutionally guaranteed voting rights. There is no other plausible use for this type of information.
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