Public comments on the voter fraud commission released by the White House late Thursday were overwhelmingly, and in many cases profanely, critical of the project.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity posted on its page on the White House website, without comment or explanation, 112 pages of emails received through July 11, commenting on the organization’s request for states to send them voter information. The posted material did not redact the email addresses, phone numbers and home addresses of the authors.
“Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted,” read a blog post published Thursday on the White House’s site. It is unclear whether this messaging was attached to the email address prior to July 13.
The commission is headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. It was created by President Trump after his unsubstantiated claims that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election. Kobach has said in interviews that he just wants “the best data possible,” but most states have refused the commission’s request beyond handing over publicly available information. Kobach’s home state of Kansas is restricted by law from turning over all the information suggested by the commission, which includes the last four digits of voter Social Security numbers.
The commission has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, but if the intention of the program — as some critics have suggested — is to suppress the vote, it may already be a success. Hundreds of voters have withdrawn their registration in Colorado, representing a 2,000 percent increase compared with the period just before the commission’s request for information. An elections official in Florida said he had received a number of phone calls from…