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Mississippi Official Tells President Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission to ‘Go Jump in the Gulf of Mexico’

Mississippi has become the latest state to reject the request for personal data on all registered voters from President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office has not yet received a request from the commission but will refuse to comply when it does receive one, joining several other states that are rejecting the request.

“They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from,” Hosemann, a Republican, said in a statement on Friday. “Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our state’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes.”

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to the states on June 28 asking for voters’ names, addresses, birth dates, voting history and military status, among other information. The letter did not detail what the commission will do with the data, but asked states to send it by July 14. The commission said everything would be made publicly available.

Hosemann is one of the first Republican secretaries of state to publicly reject the commission’s request. California, New York and Virginia have also said they will refuse to comply with the request, and Connecticut said it would hold back protected data.

 


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Donald Trump Calls For ‘Major Investigation’ Into Voter Fraud — Without Realizing His Own Senior Advisor Is Registered To Vote In Two States!

When Donald Trump points a tiny finger, he has three more dainty digits pointing back at him…

Even though he won the election, the president is still calling for a “major” investigation into his claim of American voter fraud.

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The bronzed businessman announced he would be looking into voter fraud — you know, the vote that won HIM the election — because he’s still insecure about having lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton and wants to strengthen up voting procedures.

He shared on Twitter Wednesday morning:

We mean, literally millions of Americans are protesting your presidency — but no, this seems like a great use of your time, Donald.

However, the orange POTUS didn’t realize his investigation called into question the credibility of his own chief strategist Steve Bannon — who is *GASP* registered to vote in two states!

According to city records, the conservative news head is registered in both New York City as well as a vacant residence in Florida.

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The Sarasota Herald-Tribune confirmed Bannon listed a Sarasota County address on his voter registration form, and ALSO registered to vote in NYC — where he reportedly voted by absentee ballot.

But being registered to vote in two states is perfectly legal, with a criminal act only committed if one casts ballots in two different states.

This means Bannon is most likely off the hook in terms of voter fraud. But Trump calling his own advisor’s voter credibility into question shows just how ridiculous his long-debunked claims are!

On the other hand, a pointless investigation would distract the new world leader from fucking our environment and silencing government agencies… so have a ball, Donald!

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One in Three in U.S. Think Voter Fraud a ‘Major’ Problem

Around one in three U.S. citizens view voter fraud as a “major problem”, according to a survey carried out by research company Gallup.

When asked their degree of concern about votes being cast by people who, by law, are not eligible to vote, 36% of the respondents thought it was a “major problem”, 32% a “minor problem” and 29% “not a problem at all”.

Republicans were more likely than Democrats to view voter fraud as a major problem, at 52% compared to just 26%. This has been reflected in the policy stances of many Republican governors, who have called for more rigid identification requirements.

Voter ID laws, which mandate some form of identification in order to vote or receive a ballot for an election, were most popular among residents living in U.S.’s southern states (84%) and the Midwest (84%). According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), those are the regions in which eight of the strictest state voter ID laws are already enforced.

The majority of both Democrat (84%) and Republican (74%) supporters are in favor of early voting, which, according to Gallup, typically benefits Democratic candidates, who have performed well electorally among early voters in many states that allow the option.

Trump has made it clear that he thinks the election could be rigged, and, as The New York Times reports, his campaign is urging people to sign up as election workers to watch voters as they cast their ballots on Nov. 8. The call for volunteers has fueled concerns about voter intimidation. At a rally earlier this month in Wilmington, N.C., Trump told his supporters that without strict voter identification laws, people would be “voting 15 times for Hillary.”

Despite these fears about voter fraud, a 2014 study located just 31 different incidents of voter fraud in general, primary, special, and municipal elections from 2000 through to 2014. “In general and primary elections alone, more than 1 billion ballots were cast in that period,” wrote Justin Levitt, a professor at the Loyola Law School who has tracked allegations of electoral fraud for years, wrote in the Washington Post.

The Gallup survey results were based on telephone interviews conducted between Aug. 15 and 16 2016, with a random sample of 1,013 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.


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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Voter ID Law

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory requested Monday that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts reinstate North Carolina’s voter ID law after an appeals court struck it down.

In an unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in late July that a North Carolina law requiring voters to show certain types of photo ID at the polls had been “passed with racially discriminatory intent.”

McCrory announced late Monday that changing the law so close to the November general election would cause havoc at the polls, according to the Charlotte News & Observer. “Allowing the Fourth Circuit’s ruling to stand creates confusion among voters and poll workers and it disregards our successful rollout of Voter ID in the 2016 primary elections,” McCrory said in a statement. “The Fourth Circuit’s ruling is just plain wrong and we cannot allow it to stand. We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold our state’s law and reverse the Fourth Circuit.”

North Carolina’s law was passed by the state’s Republican-led legislature in 2013 and has faced intense scrutiny from critics since.

Other states have faced similar court rulings over voter restrictions, as courts have blocked or weakened laws in Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota recently.


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