Ohio Democratic Party Statement On First Meeting Of Trump’s Sham Voting Commission

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to today’s meeting of Donald Trump’s “Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity.”

“It’s no surprise that Donald Trump used today’s meeting of his sham commission to continue to perpetuate his ‘Pants on Fire’ claims about voter fraud — the sort of remarks that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has called ‘irresponsible.’ This commission won’t address election integrity — after all, it isn’t going to look into how Russia interfered with our election just last year. It’s a waste of time and taxpayer resources, all to puff up Trump’s fragile ego and set the stage for more Republican attacks on voters’ rights.

Husted must provide more information about how he is collaborating with this sham commission. He has claimed he would decline to provide them with non-public information about Ohio voters, but he’s already provided it to the commission’s vice chair, Kris Kobach, through the controversial and error-riddled Crosscheck program, which allows 30 states to trade voter data and flag millions of lawfully registered voters for purging from the rolls.

“When commission member Ken Blackwell was Ohio secretary of state during the 2004 election, some Ohioans waited in line up to 10 hours, and perhaps more than 170,000 would-be voters left before casting a ballot. Under Husted’s direction, Ohio is home to the nation’s most aggressive voter purging program. Ohio Democrats fought Blackwell and are fighting Husted at every turn, and we will never stop fighting to ensure that every eligible Ohioan is registered, every registered voter is able to vote and every vote is accurately counted.”