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Federal Court Refuses to Block Trump’s Election Integrity Commission

Ken Blackwell, BCN contributor and member of President Donald Trump’s voter integrity commission, has defended himself against accusations of disenfranchising voters and the Trump administration’s efforts to protect the integrity of our nation’s voting process.

The Trump administration seeks to collect information about every state’s voter rolls, a move that has received pushback over privacy concerns. But a federal court ruled this week that the administration can continue its efforts. From Spero News (emphasis added):

The commission asked states last month to provide publicly available data including registered voters’ names, birth dates, and partial Social Security numbers, but it later told them to hold off until a judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington.

U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the District of Columbia denied a request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center — a Washington DC-based the advocacy group — to block data collection by President Trump’s commission on election fraud. Commission vice-chair Kris Kobach called it “a major victory for government accountability, transparency and the public’s right to know about the integrity of our elections processes.”

“The commission requested this publicly available data as part of its fact-gathering process, which is information that states regularly release to political candidates, political parties and the general public,” said Kobach, who is also the Republican secretary of state in Kansas. “We look forward to continuing to work with state election leaders to gather information and identify opportunities to improve election integrity.”

Blackwell and others concerned about fair voting want to review the system, regardless of claims that voter fraud is rare. America has a one person, one vote system, and any irregularities that dilute that vote should be investigated.

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3 comments

  1. Disenfranchising voters- the progressive liberal democrat’s buzz word for throwing illegal voters off the rolls, thereby costing democrat votes.

  2. Not to sound unkind but this is America. Our national language is English. Anyone wanting to come here should speak English. You can speak whatever other language you want to but please let’s stop printing applications in languages other than English and arranging for translators in order to do business. How can a non-English speaker pass the motor vehicle written test if that test is taken in another language? Our street signs are in English. If you want to live in another country, you will learn the language of that country, if you want to function successfully while there. I am tired of the non-English speakers using this as a reason to not learn (only speaking about those who do this, not all, not all). I can understand what they are saying and when I say something in their language or speak the key words to let them know they will suffer the consequences of their actions, it is amazing how quickly they begin to understand. Bottom line, the CITIZENS of this country should not have to subsidize the special effort to help them learn English. In most foreign countries, those citizens learn English also, because they want their citizens to be able to do business with English speakers.

  3. I know that I speak for thousands of Americans when I say IT IS ABOUT TIME!