Trump Election Integrity Commission Requested List of Hispanic Voters in Texas

Now that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — an investigation into voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election — has been officially shuttered, some curious details are emerging.

Perhaps the most interesting — and troubling — so far are documents showing that the commission asked Texas to turn over all voter records for anyone with a Hispanic-sounding surname. This list would have encompassed almost 50 million voters.

Although President Trump won the electoral college, Clinton took the popular vote. Many have pointed to this fact in order to question the legitimacy of Trump’s victory – and, unsurprisingly, this has left the president’s ego somewhat bruised.

Trump’s response, then, was to claim that millions of votes for Clinton were actually fraudulent — and likely made by undocumented immigrants. President Trump proceeded to task Vice President Mike Pence with leading a commission to find evidence to support these statements. But, to no one’s shock, widespread voter fraud didn’t occur, and the probe was quietly given the ax.

These new documents, however, highlight the desperation — and aimlessness — of the investigation.

Commenting on the revelations, the vice chairman of the commission, Republican Kris Kobach explained that this “certainly wasn’t a committee decision” and that this was “the first I’ve heard the Texas files” were to include information on ethnicity.

Perhaps most telling was Kobach’s admission that he wasn’t sure “what sort of data analysis you would do even relevant to it … It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Giving Kobach the benefit of the doubt, let’s assume he was unclear about the ultimate purpose of this request. But it does not take a very deep reading for the rest of us to see where the impetus originated for requesting a list of all Hispanic voters in Texas.

In his first year in the White House, one of Trump’s few “accomplishments” has been a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, complete with frequent and aggressive deportations. Most recently, DACA – which allows individuals who were brought to the United States without documentation as minors to be protected from deportation — has been all but tossed in the trash.

Put simply, the Trump administration has taken a blatant interest in targeting non-white ethnicities in the U.S. By retroactively creating what is essentially a Hispanic voter registrar is alarming, at best. As Kobach himself says, it’s not really clear what could be done with this data – but it certainly seems to be an attempt at voter intimidation, if not the early stages of some sort of political witch hunt.

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35 comments

Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Tks for sharing.

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John B
John B10 months ago

Thanks Llowell for the article.

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John B
John B10 months ago

Thanks Llowell.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan B10 months ago

Timothy M.,
Good catch. I missed that. With an estimated current state population of 28 million, and 38% Hispanic, that equates to about 10 million. But that is the entire population. The voting age population is about 2/3 of that, with only 78% of those registered to vote. Now, we are down to 5 million. It appears that Lowell has multiplied that actual number tenfold. I wonder why he chose to examine so much.

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Angela J
Angela J10 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn A10 months ago

tRUMP is the face of hate and misogyny in America. Impeach him NOW.

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Winn A
Winn A10 months ago

Petition Signed

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Lisa M
Lisa M10 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M10 months ago

Noted.

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timothy m
timothy m10 months ago

Somebody here needs to learn a little arithmetic. There aren't anywhere near 50 million people in Texas, much less Hispanic voters.

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