The Trump administration’s voter fraud commission is falling apart after a senior Republican official’s resignation.
Luis Borunda, who is the deputy Secretary of State under Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, has officially resigned from the panel amid multiple hurdles. According to Alice Ollstein of Talking Points Memo, Borunda didn’t immediately give a reason for his resignation, though the outlet reported that Maryland is one of the 41 states that is either outright refusing or partially refusing to comply with the Trump administration’s request for detailed voter information.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who works in tandem with the Maryland State Board of Elections to oversee the state’s electoral processes, tweeted that the voter fraud panel’s demand for sensitive, private information pertaining to the state’s registered voters was “repugnant.”
“Repeating a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true,” Frosh tweeted.
Repeating a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true.
— Brian Frosh (@BrianFrosh) July 3, 2017
The commission, which is led in part by Kris Kobach — the controversial Kansas Secretary of State who has lost four different lawsuits for voter suppression — has been working to obtain voter registration records from all 50 states with little success. Election officials from both Democratic and Republican-leaning states have rejected requests to provide detailed information on voters. In one instance, Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s Republican Secretary of State, told the panel to “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Following President Donald Trump’s repeated insistence that the only reason he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by roughly 3 million votes was due to millions of undocumented immigrants casting ballots, Kobach insisted that his panel was not out to prove that statement. As of this writing, neither Trump nor any of his top officials have provided any documentation backing up the claim that the 2016 election was rife with voter fraud.
In December, the Washington Post reported that there were only four proven cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election, out of more than 127 million ballots cast. That’s a rate of just 0.000002 percent.
Jordan Shaw is a New Jersey-based writer and commentator specializing in national and state government issues for Grit Post. When he’s not writing, you can find him volunteering in Camden, New Jersey, or hiking the Wissahickon Valley Park.