Trump’s Attack on Voter Privacy

The American Conservative,  August 9, 2017
Trump’s cries of voter fraud have little more than anecdotal evidence to back them up. The vast majority of empirical studies have proven just the opposite, giving more reason to prioritize privacy over voter fraud prevention. Even think tanks that support stricter penalties for voter fraud and enhanced voter ID regulations have not documented evidence of widespread fraud. For example, the Heritage Foundation’s issue page on voter fraud cites only a few hundred cases of any type of fraud ranging from impersonation to duplicate voting, to the “ineligible voting” referenced in Trump’s tweet. A few hundred cases is a negligible figure considering the number of votes cast. Other studies have found similar numbers, making it clear that, at the very least, this is an issue unworthy of an executive order. …
Because millions of eligible voters lack proper ID, stricter voter ID laws make it more difficult for everyone to vote, including legal residents. …
Demanding that state level officials hand over citizens’ information from their independently administered registrations and elections is indeed an overreach of executive power. Voters have a right to prevent their personal data from being aggregated at a national level where it is subject to the whims of a privileged few that have failed, countless times, to keep information secure. This wasteful, invasive data collection should be stopped before voters’ sensitive information is left in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.
By Lili Cornelia
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