Action Alert: No need for Commission on Election Integrity. Tell Congress not to fund it.
Issue: On May 11th, the White House created the Commission on Election Integrity based on Trump’s insistence that three million to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 Presidential election. This commission is not a credible effort to improve our elections or their integrity. To the contrary, the effect of such a commission will likely be to come up with ways to suppress voting, not make it more reliable.
Action: Call our elected representatives and urge them not to fund this misguided and dangerous committee:
U.S. Department of Justice: (202) 353-1555
Background: The White House has created the Commission on Election Integrity based on Trump’s insistence that three million to five million people voted illegally in 2016, in order to discredit his loss of the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. Local election officials from 42 of those jurisdictions with the highest number of non-citizen residents have found virtually no evidence of voter fraud. The National Association of Secretaries of State has said that it is not aware of evidence of voter fraud. The US Election Assistance commission has stated that the 2016 election process had integrity and was well administered. Members of Trump’s own party, including Senator Lindsey Graham, have refuted his claims. The current commission, in contrast, is purely partisan in make-up, and gives every indication of being part of a more serious long-term drive to restrict voting. Specifically, Vice President Pence of Indiana and Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who are leading the commission, are themselves leaders of voter suppression actions in their respective states. Fraudulent findings from this commission may be used as a pretext for further voter suppression. In addition, the timing of President Trump’s executive action creating this commission is highly suspect. It came on the day President Trump fired the FBI director James Comey.
The ACLU provides additional information at: https://tinyurl.com/l8b89lh
SIAN Contact: Robin Girardi
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[IF CALLING HOUSE/SENATE] I’m very concerned by the establishment of a Commission on Election Integrity. Instead of looking at Russian interference with our elections, the President has focused on justifying his misguided claims that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election. He is looking for the taxpayers to pay for this to justify his claim that he won the popular vote – which he did not. To make matters worse, Trump has named Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach as leaders of the Commission. They are both known for their aggressive efforts in their respective states to suppress the vote. I urge [REP/SEN NAME] to do everything possible to deny funding of this partisan voter suppression effort. Any funding of voter integrity issues would be better spent upgrading the electoral technology and securing our electoral process from foreign tampering.I am a member of the Sea Islands Action Network and am speaking not only for myself, but for the hundreds of concerned voters in our network who follow the issues, AND WHO VOTE.Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]