In May, President Trump announced the creation of a bipartisan commission tasked with determining the level of voter fraud in the 2016 election.
Democratic officials in more than 20 states are already pushing back by refusing to provide the voter data the commission needs to conduct the investigation.
Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach, who leads the commission alongside Vice President Mike Pence, says the group will be looking into “all of the voting irregularities that affect the integrity of our election.” Last week, he sent a letter to all 50 states asking for “publicly available voter roll data.”
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is among those who have refused to give voter information to the commission. “I have no intention of honoring this request,” he said, slamming the commission as a “tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.”
“We will not let Donald Trump and right-wing extremists use this as some sort of covert plan to get data to make it harder for people to vote,” he said.
California Sec. of State Alex Padilla is refusing to cooperate, vowing “not to provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.”
Kentucky Sec. of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has slammed the commission as a “waste of taxpayer money” and says she will not be providing any voter information.
Even some states that voted for Trump, like Texas, are refusing to comply with the commission’s request for data.
Kobach has defended his request by explaining the “purpose of the commission is to quantify different forms of voter fraud and registration fraud and offer solutions…you have to have this data in order to do any meaningful research.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that voter fraud is the reason he didn’t win the popular vote, and hopes the investigation will support his claims. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 3 million, and the Dems argue that voter fraud cannot exist on such a massive scale.
But with more than 11 million illegals currently living in the US, just a small fraction of that population could make a huge difference.
As we wrote in a previous article, a recent study by Just Facts estimates that between 1.5 and 2.1 million illegals voted in the 2016 election. The Dems aren’t complaining about this, because they know illegal voters are more likely to vote Left.
There really are no advantages here for the Dems if it is proven that a significant number of illegals voted in the 2016 presidential election – but there are two major downsides:
1) It would validate Trump’s push for voter ID laws and his claim that substantial amounts of illegals voted for Hillary.
2) It could prove that Russia’s alleged “hacking” had no impact on the elections. This would further embarrass the Democrats.
On top of that, it just looks bad for the Democrats to resist the investigation without a valid reason.
As Kobach points out, the “integrity and the fairness of our elections” is “at the very foundation of our republic.” Without fair elections, how can we have “confidence in our system” or a “loyal opposition?”
The answer to that question is that we can’t.