Trump's Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun

This piece originally appeared online at The New York Times

Last Wednesday, Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote a letter to all 50 states, requesting that they send the commission the personal information of all registered voters.

This includes full names, birth dates, addresses, political affiliations, voting history and last four digits of Social Security numbers. The letter says that all documents provided to the commission will be made public.

What could possibly go wrong?

There are obvious data privacy concerns. Digital security experts have called the plan a gold mine for hackers. Mr. Kobach’s letter says the data will be held on a “secure FTP site,” but offers no details. Mr. Kobach himself appears to be backtracking, recently saying that, notwithstanding his request to other states, he will not be giving Kansas voters’ Social Security information to his own commission.

More important, it’s obvious that the commission collecting this information is intended to sell President Trump’s lie that he “won” the popular vote (once you deduct the millions of supposedly illegal votes, of course).

We know this because Mr. Kobach, the de facto head of the commission, is a champion of that lie: “I think the president-elect is absolutely correct when he says the number of illegal votes cast exceeds the popular vote margin between him and Hillary Clinton,” he told reporters last fall.

This commission is not meant to ensure that America’s voter rolls are accurate. It is meant to disenfranchise voters.

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Danger Danger

Everyone should know that some of this data is already available on the internet. The Social Security Administration and IRS keep birth dates, last known address, job title, income level, bank account information along with a number of other metrics ranging from race to lists of countries travelled to.

We as a people have already been compromised. The SSA and IRS along with other .gov organizations like the Office of Personnel Management have already had their data stolen and sold.

Plus most of this data is already available from marketing companies that have records for every American and Canadian, even some Mexicans. The only thing missing is A Social Security Number. However, all you have to do is a Vlookup or Pivot Table in MS excel or Access to collate the data.

So it's over ACLU, this data is already available. You lost when you allowed private corporate marketing orgs to collect the data. Hell, I bet one of your own analysts already have a list created on your membership. I know your marketing partners do. Non-profit? Right.

Anonymous

Mississippi gave up voter information as soon as kobach asked for it. I believe that most republican states gave the voter records up immediately.

Anonymous

Of course they did. What if Obama or Clinton asked for the same information, would he have gotten it? Probably from all the democrat dominate states.

Point is no party has "good" intentions on how they use data. They will use it to identify money donors, people who think like them, and general dopes.

The constitution needs to be rewritten to include digital world protections. Old people (those over 45-50) don't fully understand technology but they elected a 70 year old tv star that got rich off screwing people in the real estate business. Hmmm. Nothing has changed change Roosevelt.

News flash....News flash....

You data is already available on the internet to marketing companies with the money and lack of ethics to pay for it.

For everyone over 55 and still getting used to their smart phone, sorry a jitterbug flip phone won't save you. Jitterbug sold all your personal data to AT&T years ago... Sorry old people, you been hacked.

J.J.

Mississippi did not. Secretary of State (a Republican) stated in a release that the commission could "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340307-miss-official-on...

J.J.

Mississippi did not. Secretary of State (a Republican) stated in a release that the commission could "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/340307-miss-official-on...

Re: JJ

Bullshit, your great racist state of MS was one of the first to blindly release data! Even if they didn't provide SSN, don't you think this can be added from a second file. The Social Security Admin has your name address, birthdate, etc... The IRS has your bank accounts and filing history.

They (meaning whoever has the files) CAN very easily collate this data into one master data file.

I'm mean Goddam people, get educated on data tech!

Anonymous

This is a very obvious attempt to eventually result in voter suppression on the Federal level. We are supposed to be guaranteed voter rights according to the U.S Constitution. We would like to know what exactly is the American Civil Liberties Union doing to stop this Commission from obtaining our voter Registration information? Are the members of the voter Project filing suit against the voter Commission? We sure would like to know. We need to stop this before it starts.

Anonymous

This is a very obvious attempt to eventually result in voter suppression on the Federal level. We are supposed to be guaranteed voter rights according to the U.S Constitution. We would like to know what exactly is the American Civil Liberties Union doing to stop this Commission from obtaining our voter Registration information? Are the members of the voter Project filing suit against the voter Commission? We sure would like to know. We need to stop this before it starts.

Anonymous

I have withdrawn my rite to vote in my state. I will NOT participate in the Republican party enemies list. They will BE able to threaten your lively hood when they know how you vote.
This style of tyranny is reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Didn't Nixon have an enemies list? Well, if you're not Republican, you are on it.

Too late

Too late, if you even if you never voted but registered to vote your data has been sold out. In many states you must declare party when you register even if you don't vote. In addition, when you vote in a primary for a particular party, it is illegal for you to change party vote in the actual election.

Plus your data has been hacked anyway and published on the internet. Get a TOR browser and start googling how to buy election data. You will find tons of black market providers selling everything from SSNs to Facebook data. Back ups of back up files are readily available on the internet for multiple orgs like the Office of Personnel Management and the SS Administration.

The issue is way larger than you think. The government doesn't have to pressure any org or state to provide data, they just buy it from the internet!

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