Many conservatives believe that voter fraud exists on a significant scale in this country. The left insists that it does not. Indeed, says Roger Clegg, some on the left deny that voter fraud exists at all.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity wants to find out whether, and to what extent, voter fraud exists. To do so, it needs data, specifically voter data from the states.
The left filed a lawsuit to block access to this data. It is afraid of what the data might reveal. Remember when the left used to fancy itself data-driven?
A federal judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotely, has ruled that the Commission’s request for state voter data is lawful. Judge Kollar-Kotely is a Clinton appointee.
Some states have said they will refuse to provide the requested data. They have done so even though many of them make the same information available for purchase by campaigns, political parties, researchers or even the general public. It’s reasonable to suppose that, generally speaking, the holdout states are ones where voter fraud is most prevalent.
However, thirty states have indicated that they will cooperate to varying degrees. Commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach puts the number of refusing states at about a dozen, and says some may reconsider.
So, to the left’s dismay, the commission may actually be able to develop empirical evidence that will either support or refute (1) the left’s claim that voter fraud is a figment of the conservative imagination and (2) President Trump’s claim that three to five million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election.
My guess is that the data will undermine both claims. But why guess? Let the commission find out.