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Rep. John Lewis on So-Called “Election Integrity Commission"

May 12, 2017
Press Release

              “I am not certain what more the White House could do to signal its utter disregard for the democratic process in this country.  While we as a nation are trying to evaluate why the FBI director was fired shortly after he requested more funds to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the president moves to establish a so-called “election integrity” commission.

              “Study after study based on the facts indicates  “ improper non-citizen votes amounts to .0001 percent” of studied districts in the 2016 election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.  The idea that voter impersonation impacts the integrity of U.S. elections is a myth fomented by those who want to make it harder and more difficult for minorities to vote.  Some want an unfair advantage that allows them to disregard minorities and still win seats even in cities where minority populations are the majority.

              “Now the administration wants to enlarge this misrepresentation and raise it to the federal level by wasting taxpayer dollars to pursue an erroneous claim.  If past is prologue, the commission will likely try to lay the groundwork for draconian changes to federal election procedures.  The president should listen to the words of his colleagues from the Speaker of the House to former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee who all stated they had seen no evidence demonstrating that voter fraud had undermined the 2016 election or any American election.

              “There is a problem in American elections that was proven by thousands of pages of evidence and months of field hearings in communities across America.  That evidence was entered into the congressional record during the Voting Rights Act reauthorization.  That problem is voter discrimination, and even Chief Justice Roberts in his decision in the Shelby County v. Holder case admitted that there was no question that voter discrimination is still prevalent in our society.  If the White House was really interested in integrity, it would do something about that.”