July 25, 2017

The Rule of Law

The states should obey their own laws

Do you remember that presidential election commission organized by President Trump and its request to the states for voter registration information? So far 14 states have refused, as catalogued in this piece at NPR, California among them. The response from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to the request by the commission is here. It reads in part:

The President’s commission has requested the personal data and the voting history of every American voter–including Californians. As Secretary of State, it is my duty to ensure the integrity of our elections and to protect the voting rights and privacy of our state’s voters. I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally. California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach. The President’s Commission is a waste of taxpayer money and a distraction from the real threats to the integrity of our elections today: aging voting systems and documented Russian interference in our elections

Voter registrations are public records. Under the California Public Records Act, modeled after the federal Freedom of Information Act, he is required to provide that information—it does not fit under the exemptions listed in the act. The state routinely provides that information to political parties, candidates, polling organizations, and others. There is no presidential commission exception to the law.

Fortunately for the secretary of state, CPRA presently carries no penalties. Fortuitously, a bill, supported by the state’s major media outlets, is making its way through the California legislature that would impose penalties for non-compliance. The penalty is nominal but it’s something.

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Most if not all states have similar public records acts. California and the other states that have refused to supply the voter registrations should comply. That is what it means to have a rule of law. Civil servants have no right of civil disobedience. Such a thing would be tyranny. They do have the right to resign rather than obey laws they believe to be wrong.

This post was originally published at The Glittering Eye.

1 Comment

  1. California will NEVER voluntarily comply with this legal request. The state is voter fraud heaven. Actually, if I were Donald Trump I wouldn’t have had his commission do this. I know better…none of these swine want togasme uncovered. I would have formed a semi-faux ‘PAC’ with a blue leaning ‘resistance’ website and had them buy the information needed from the states, since it’s for sale.

    In fact, I might have started with info from California, Nevada(Clark County) Colorado, Illinois, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania alone. There’s solid evidence of voter fraud in each of these states.

    Then I would have put together an investigative team of my own (NOT the Famous But Incompetent boys) to match up names with death certificates, look up SS#s, and match up addresses and registered voter numbers as opposed to actual votes cast. Then you can start subpoenaing additional records, forcing political appointees and apparatchniks to testify under oath, etc. and form the basis for national voter ID laws and anti voter fraud legislation. And repealing Bill Clinton’s motor-voter law. It’s a pity we’d have to go to these lengths, but voter fraud has become a way of life in some states, particularly given the huge population of illegal migrants and whose running some of the more populous states.

    Maybe we could even go back to paper ballots while we’re at it. Just take a pen and check a box or three. No one ever hacked a piece of paper that I’ve ever heard of.
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