Donald Trump is taking extraordinary measures to convince the public (and maybe himself) that he won the popular vote, despite all evidence to the contrary. He’s raised the specter of voter fraud, scapegoated undocumented immigrants, and more recently, launched the Presidential Advisory Commission On Election Integrity. It doesn’t matter that voter fraud doesn’t exist—certainly not on the nationwide level that Trump is convinced of—or that it’s actually voter disenfranchisement that’s real (and booming). He’s tasked this new panel, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, with smoking out these 3 million election ninjas and/or ensuring this doesn’t happen again (which is impossible, since it never happened in the first place, but we digress).
One of the first things the commission did was request voter info from all 50 states, including names, birth dates, addresses, party affiliations, and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers—basically, all the info needed to ruin someone’s credit/life (or potentially even commit voter fraud). Kobach also promised to make this information available to the public, because apparently, transparency is fine when it comes to the citizenry’s sensitive info, and not the president’s tax filings. The resistance to this archive building has been vocal and, at times, bipartisan. But overall, states are still pretty split on whether or not to comply; some election officials plan to provide partial info while several regions are undecided. But states like Kentucky, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, as well as the District Of Columbia, are flat out denying the request.
As the debate rages on, the White House has decided to take comments from the public on the voter registration info dump the president is seeking. Among them are many well considered responses, which cite statues and election laws. There are also some who propose boosting computer security as a way to thwart foreign influence or hacking (though that’s kind of beside the point when people meet in person with Kremlin lawyers to sink political opponents). Then there are the people who just want to know when we can bleach this shit-stain out of democracy’s underpants. And of course, there are a couple of jokers who “admit” to voter fraud.
Here’s the more practical:
And the profane/over it:
There are so many more of these emails available on the White House site, which you can access here.