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Dear Kris Kobach,
I am a registered voter, and I'm concerned by the actions of the so called Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. This Commission is based on President Trump’s lie that 3-5 million people voted illegally in 2016. Over the last few months, the Commission has undermined the integrity of our elections by requesting the private information of every voter in the country. Every eligible citizen should have an opportunity to register and vote. Instead of making it harder to vote, the Commission should be focused on the following reforms to ensure that elections are free, fair and accessible for all voters:
1) Encourage states to adopt reforms to increase access to voter registration. Reforms like automatic voter registration, online voter registration and same day voter registration could add hundreds of thousands of voters to the rolls. States with same day voter registration had the highest turnout in 2016.
2) Stop voter suppression and call on Congress to fully restore the Voting Rights Act. This year, states have passed laws to restrict voter registration and make it harder for people to vote. Voter suppression is not a thing of the past, it is happening now across the country. The Commission should encourage states to pass laws expanding the franchise instead of restricting it. Congress should also be called on to fully restore the Voting Rights Act.
3) Tell states to stop illegally purging voters from the rolls. Recently, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio have purged hundreds of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls simply for not voting. States should increase voter registration opportunities for its citizens and fully comply with federal laws that were enacted to prevent states from illegally purging voters.
4) Appropriate funding so states can purchase updated voting equipment. Much of the voting equipment that was purchased federal funding in the early 2000’s is nearing the end of its useful life and need to be replaced. The Commission should call on Congress to appropriate federal funds, so states and local jurisdictions can purchase the equipment they need.
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