The Trump administration has been trying to accuse blue states that won’t comply with their attempt to gain access to all voter information — including sensitive information — as an attempt to “cover up” something. What does ultra-conservative Arkansas also refusing to give them what they asked for say about that?
According to the Hill Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced their decision to protect voter information:
“Arkansas’ secretary of state ‘recommended that our state not provide all the voter information requested by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.’
‘The request is simply too broad and includes sensitive information of Arkansas voters. The Secretary has indicated that he will not provide Arkansas voters’ most sensitive data. While we remain committed to ensuring the integrity of and confidence in our electoral process, providing all of the information requested is not in the best interest of Arkansas voters.'”
It seems clear that the Trump administration went so far outside of what would be ok, not even Arkansas could comply. Not. Even. Arkansas.
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Here, let us illustrate how this state voted in 2016:
Ok, so if the logic that Trump Himself used in this tweet holds, what is Arkansas trying to hide?:
Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017
Gee, it probably means the same thing as the others refusing. Trump asked for data that the federal government does not have any business asking for. It means that they have a moral line, guided by a constitutional certainty that they federal government is overstepping in ways that the conservatives fantasized were happening under Obama.
The panel is lying through their teeth, saying they only want the “information available to anyone walking down the street.” However, the information they want is far broader than that:
The information the commission is seeking includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas.
The biggest, most important thing to see about this is that 44 other states have refused to comply fully with this horrendous overreach and blatant attempt to circumvent states’ rights and harness private data of the entire electorate. Only 3 states — Colorado, Missouri, and Tennessee — supported the request as an “attempt to prevent voter fraud.” You can’t expect every state to agree on anything (or to do the right thing, apparently), but 45 to 3 speaks volumes, even more than the simple fact that one of the reddest states in the country just basically said, “nah, we’ll stick to doing what is in the best interest of the voters, thanks.”
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