“The facts are clear; the research has been done. Election officials, leaders of the president’s own party and other leading election experts confirm that there is no evidence of election tampering, as President Trump alone claims. There simply is no alternate fact,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of Common Cause, a nonpartisan, grassroots watchdog organization, working to assure government accountability and the right of all Americans to make their voices heard in the political process.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that extensive voter fraud cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election. He supports this claim by pointing to outdated voter registration lists, with inaccuracies such as a person being registered to vote in more than one state. While many registration lists admittedly require updating to cover life events, such as relocation and death, outdated registration lists simply do not correlate to acts of voter fraud. As Common Cause senior writer and editor Dale Eisman explains, “Investigations stretching over a period of years and led by Republicans, Democrats and independent groups alike have concluded that voter fraud is not a significant problem in U.S. elections.”
A democracy in which every citizen can participate and every citizen’s voice is heard is what makes America strong. The right to vote is the very bedrock of our democracy. Therefore, according to Hobert Flynn, “[r]ather than make false claims that result in voter suppression, our elected leaders should work to ensure that the backbone of our democracy, every eligible American’s right to vote, is made free, fair and accessible.”
That’s why we are urging the Senate to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Sen. Sessions dismissed the need for the Voting Rights Act, a law that for 50 years ensured Americans voted free from discrimination. We need a truly independent attorney general, who will uphold the law, not ignore voter suppression targeted at communities of color and students.
It is also why we support Sen. John McCain’s call for a bipartisan, select committee to investigate Russian influence and hacking in the 2016 election, for which there is already overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community. President Trump should want to get to the bottom of the real threats, not fabricate new ones.