Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Trump Moves to Take Over Voting

Voting booths set up and ready to receive voters inside a polling station in Christmas, Florida on November 8, 2016.

We can see the major outline of fascist oppression being laid by the Trump administration,He is building a database of disobedient voters (opposition voters) and removing safeguards against election hacking.

In a little-noticed 6-3 vote today, the House Administration Committee voted along party lines to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, which helps states run elections and is the only federal agency charged with making sure voting machines can’t be hacked. The EAC was created after the disastrous 2000 election in Florida as part of the Help America Vote Act to rectify problems like butterfly ballots and hanging chads. (Republicans have tried to kill the agency for  years.) The Committee also voted to eliminate the public-financing system for presidential elections dating back to the 1970s. “It is my firm belief that the EAC has outlived its usefulness and purpose,” said Committee chair Gregg Harper (R-MS), explaining why his bill transfers the EAC’s authority to the Federal Election Commission. Thirty-eight pro-democracy groups, including the NAACP  and Common Cause, denounced the vote. “The EAC is the only federal agency which has as its central mission the improvement of election administration, and it undertakes essential activities that no other institution is equipped to address,” says the Brennan Center for Justice.This move is particularly worrisome given reports that suspected Russian hackers attempted to access voter-registration systems in more than 20 states during the 2016 election. Moreover, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration set up by President Obama in 2014 outlined an “impending crisis” in voting technology and the Brennan Center found that 42 states used voting machines in 2016 that were at least a decade-old and at risk of failing. The EAC was the agency tasked with making sure these voting systems were both modernized and secure. (Read more) [1]

Trump's voter Fraud commission is building a data base that would show how everyone in the country voted. A national registry of voting. The actual commission was set up to validate Trump's groundless claims that Hilary only won the popular vote because illegal aliens voted fraudulently, Their means of proving that is to track down every vote in the country,

The vice chairman of the commission, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to all 50 states requesting the state's publicly-available voter rolls, including such personal information as the last four digits of someone's Social Security number and "information regarding military status..."To begin, the information he's seeking will reveal what we know already -- that some voter registration rolls are bloated -- and not much else. The voter databases include extra people for a particularly innocuous reason: Individuals die or move quite frequently.But there is no evidence whatsoever that outdated voter lists lead to any kind of voter fraud. Simply put, dead people, or those who have moved, do not vote illegally in any significant number. (More[2]

Demographers knkow this is a pointless exercise because just compiling a list of voters wont yield results, There are problems with deaths and birthdays and what have you that will create complications that is not how one finds voter fraud,[3] "Yet those who peddle the rampant voter fraud canard have been looking for evidence to support their theories, all in an effort to justify ever-stricter voting laws. They cannot find any widespread voter fraud, so they use issues of bloated voter registration rolls as their evidence. But that proves nothing beyond the reality that states need a better way to update their voter rolls." [4]

The real motivation is to make it harder for certain kinds of people to vote, Those would be the democratic voting kind, We have real reasons to distrust We have reasons to distrust. not only do the Republicans have a habit of passing laws to screen out poor and people of color voters but also im the last election they used voter intimidation to keep people from the polls, In Fort Worth Texas roving bands of Republicans went through the streets of Hispanic neighborhoods scaring old people out of voting.

Fort Worth (WBAP/KLIF) – The United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County has filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department alleging that some Fort Worth senior citizens are being intimidated into not voting. According to the complaint a group of political activists is going door-to-door in Hispanic neighborhoods claiming it is investigating voter fraud. Hhe Hispanic Council says the “vigilante-style,” so-called investigators accuse seniors of doing something wrong, and imply that they should not have voted by mail. The leader of that group, Aaron Harris, says in a Facebook posting, “so I expose the fraud, and those who are stealing the votes and suppressing voters want to sue me.”(Read More)[5][6]


[1] Ari Berman,"house Republications Just Voted to Eliminate the only Federal law that makes Sure Voting Machines Cam't be Hacked, The Nation (Feb. 7, 2017) (accessed 7/4/17)

[2]Joshua Douglas, "Demand for Voter Roles Shows Ugly Truth About Trump's Voter Fraud Commission," CNN Updated 12:39 PM ET, Sat July 1, 2017, on line URL (accessed 7/4/17)

[3] Ibid
[4] Ibid

[5] WBAP radio 820n "Rights group claims Fort Worth Hispanics face voter intimidation,"
(accessed 7/4/17)

[6] , "Texas Republicans Target Elderly..."
November 8 2016, 7:48 a.m.
(accessed 7/4/17)

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