Donald Trump and Mike Pence won the 2016 presidential election by a small margin. Now, Trump is attempting to make it harder for his opponents to vote in 2020 by getting voter data under the pretense of investigating voter fraud.
But Trump’s plan is already backfiring. 20 states have already rejected his request for highly sensitive and personal voter data. If Trump acquired such date he could use it to carry out a federal voter suppression effort that would keep him in office.
I'm now counting 18 states opposed to Kobach voter data request: CA, CT, IN, KY, MA, MN, NC, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, RI, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 30, 2017
You can add PA to that list. We will not participate in this systematic effort to suppress the vote. https://t.co/EHnY2NJI5R
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 30, 2017
The list of states include California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and now Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
Most of these states are states Trump won, including Pence’s home state of Indiana is refusing to turn over their voter data. Here’s what Indiana Sec. of State Connie Lawson had to say:
The fact that Trump is actually attempting to get this kind of data is concerning enough, but if more states refuse to hand over the voter data, Trump’s efforts will fail.