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Voter Fraud Or Potential Leg Up? Senators Leave President’s Commission

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Voter Fraud Or Potential Leg Up? Senators Leave President’s Commission

There’s much controversy around the Trump administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. At last count, it seems 41 states have declined to give the information that has been requested. But Luis Borunda, Maryland’s deputy Secretary of State, has gone even further; he has resigned from the president’s controversial panel that has been tasked with looking into possible voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Baltimore Sun’s report on Monday.
Borunda reportedly told Governor Larry Hogan that he has left the commission, according to the governor’s spokesman Doug Mayer. “He informed our office he has resigned from the commission,” Mayer said.
The panel was created by President Trump in an executive order after the claim was made that millions of people cast illegal votes for Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival. The goal was to investigate what has now been widely debunked, that millions of illegal votes cost Trump the popular vote in November’s election.
Letters were sent to 50 secretaries of state across the country asking for this information about voters: addresses, birth dates and party affiliations of registered voters in each state. They also sought felony convictions, military statuses, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voting records dating back to 2006.
Opponents of the president’s commission believe that the Trump administration may be seeking to use this information not to solve voter fraud, but to gain an advantage in the reelection process for the next term.
Governor Hogan’s spokesperson said that Borunda joined the president’s commission “on his own,” and the governor did not appoint him to the post. Borunda has not responded to a request for comment. In a letter sent to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chair of Trump’s advisory commission on election integrity, the Maryland state administrator of elections declined to fulfill the request for information from the commission.
Do you believe that the president has formed this commission over concern for voter fraud or as a way to get a leg up in his bid for reelection?
Credit:  The Hill

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