Letter: The real goal of voter commission

Thursday, September 14, 2017
The real goal ofvoter commission

Gov. Chris Sununu creates a myth of busloads of Massachusetts people voting in New Hampshire. He shares that with Trump and, voila, we have the new “reality” of massive voter fraud throughout the United States. We even have an Election Integrity Commission to investigate the myth. Virtually every state’s secretary of state in this country, including ours, has debunked this myth yet it lives on. Repeat a lie often enough it somehow becomes a truth. The real goal: eliminate as many young people, poor people, people of color and new Americans who are citizens from voting.

Four thoughts:

1) Federal law prohibits a domicile requirement to vote: “completely abolish the durational residency requirement as a precondition to voting for president and vice president” (Title II Supplemental Provisions: Sec. 202. (b)(c) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act as amended).

2) “The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 provides for simultaneous voter registration when citizens apply for a driver’s license, state departments of motor vehicles already process voter registration applications . . . the law provides that individuals need only sign an additional field affirming voting eligibility and authorizing their registration to vote.” (Brennan Center for Justice)

3) We need a Truth Commission

4) Institute automatic voter registration.