05.11.17

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On President Trump’s Commission On “Election Integrity”

“This misbegotten Commission sadly is yet another malicious effort to undermine the voting rights of millions of Americans across the country.  The integrity of our elections is a foundational issue, but any commission led by an extremist like Kris Kobach – a ‘birther’ whose attempts to restrict voting rights have repeatedly been struck down in federal court – has zero credibility.  President Trump’s own attorneys said in a court filing last year that ‘[a]ll available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.’  The National Association of Secretaries of State – which is comprised of Republicans and Democrats – issued a statement earlier this year week concluding:  ‘We are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump.’  Every other legitimate expert who has commented on this issue has reached that same conclusion.

“Perhaps we will be surprised and this Commission will ignore President Trump and Kris Kobach’s corrosive conspiracy theories and instead devote serious attention to actual threats to our democracy – like restrictive voting laws motivated by racial animus, or hacking and propaganda campaigns waged by our foreign adversaries.  But I am not holding my breath.”

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