CALL YOUR SECRETARY OF STATE: PROTECT PERSONAL DATA FROM TRUMP’S VOTER SUPPRESSION COMMISSION

Earlier this year, Trump established an Election Integrity Commission, chaired by VP Mike Pence, supposedly to “promote fair and honest federal elections” and address alleged voter fraud. However, the appointment of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to the commission hints at the true purpose of this group. Kobach is a lawyer with ties to white nationalism who has helped write and pass voter ID laws in multiple states, many of which have been overturned in court due to their racially disparate impact and clear discriminatory intent. In early June, Kobach was fined $1,000 for “presenting misleading arguments in a voting-related lawsuit.” It is clear that the goal of this commission is voter suppression, not election integrity.

Now, Kobach is taking action toward widespread national voter suppression. On June 29th, Kobach sent a letter to the secretaries of state (the state-level officials in charge of elections) of all 50 states demanding they turn over their complete voter rolls, including every voter’s name, address, birthday, the last 4 digits of Social Security number, felony convictions, and their voting history from the last decade. The letter did not make clear what they intended to do with this delicate information, and because of Kobach’s anti-voting rights history, it is exceptionally problematic. Kobach’s letter also states that all information submitted to the commission would be made public, making it possible for personal data to be used for harassment or other wrongful purposes.

The following 27 States have publicly stated they will not comply with Kobach’s request:

Arizona, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Call Jay Ashcroft (LOCAL Secretary of State) 573-751-4936

SCRIPT (5 CALLS)

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.

[IF NO STATEMENT OR COMPLYING]: I’m calling to express deep concern about the Trump Administration’s Election Integrity Commission demand to turn over state voter rolls including personal information like Social Security number. This is clearly a push towards nationwide voter suppression, and I urge the [Secretarty of State/Governor] to protect our voting rights and ask them to deny the commission’s request.

[IF NOT COMPLYING]: I’m calling to thank the [Secretary of State/Governor] for protecting citizens from Trump’s Election Integrity Commission demand to turn over state voter rolls and personal information. This is clearly a push towards nationwide voter suppression and protecting our voter rights must be a priority for every state.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

 

 

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