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Latinos Demand: Disband Trump’s Voter Integrity Commission Now

By SVREP President Antonio Gonzalez

Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 2017


We are two weeks into the latest Trump folly: a naked power grab-attempt to suppress voting called the “Voter Integrity Commission” led by the infamous voter suppressing Kansas Secretary of State and the fortunate response is an overwhelming “NO” from 45 Secretaries of State and the District of Colombia to cooperation with the “Commission” on legal and ethical grounds.


Of course, my favorite has been CA SOS Alex Padilla who stood up tall and immediately with a (I’m paraphrasing) “hell no we won’t cooperate because you defamed California’s elections accusing immigrants of stealing your majority.” Indeed, Alex’s defiant tone has created chatter about him as a possible successor to US Senator Feinstein who I’m betting won’t post for re-election (at the last minute of course) in 2018.


But let’s game this out. The next move should be a clarion call to dissolve the commission. The commission is an outrage whose purposes are universally dictatorial: violate voters’ privacy; create a chilling atmosphere of intimidation -we are already seeing this as a wave of voter withdrawals has hit Colorado; and stimulate support for voter suppression laws in states and the courts.


C’mon! Suppressing electoral democracy…this is another element of, yes, I’m going to say it, fascism in Trump’s project. He already has other fascistic components well established: economic nationalism; discrediting intimidating media critics; and minority exclusion (i.e. what he is doing to undocumented immigrants 80% of who are Latino or Asian); and militarism.


But I’m not pessimistic (though six months ago I was), American’s democratic impulses are still robust -this rejection of Trumps commission is an example. America’s resistance especially on Obamacare has been inspiring.


So, let’s slam dunk Trump’s commission as the latest iteration of our resistance. Let’s go from defense to offense and compel the Administration to “shelve it.” 45 States acting together with voter subgroups like Latinos and Blacks -the obvious targets of the “Commission” have more than enough gravitas to force a Trump retreat.


Let’s do it!


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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla speaks during the California Democratic Convention at the Sacramento Convention Center on May 20, 2017. Randall Benton

The Sacarmento Bee:


When a commission created by President  Donald Trump  to investigate voter fraud  asked all 50 states  last week to share the name, party affiliation, last four digits of social security number, voting history and other personal information for each of the country ’s 200 million registered voters, the outcry was  swift, widespread and bipartisan.

More than 40 states so far have turned down the request completely or in part, citing privacy laws and concerns about how the data would be used by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Voter Integrity. The commission was established in May, following Trump’s complaints that he only lost the popular vote in the November election because there were millions of illegal voters.

California was one of the first states to reject the inquiry. In a scathing statement, Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he would “not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally.” ......Read More

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