On July 5, the White House Office of the Press Secretary issued a press release on the subject of voter fraud from Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state and vice-chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Hat tip to Debra Heine of PJ Media for first reporting on this. The press release, which is self-explanatory, reads as follows:
“On June 28, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity issued a letter requesting that states provide publicly available voter data as permitted under their state laws. At present, 20 states have agreed to provide the publicly available information requested by the Commission and another 16 states are reviewing which information can be released under their state laws. In all, 36 states have either agreed or are considering participating with the Commission’s work to ensure the integrity of the American electoral system.
Despite media distortions and obstruction by a handful of state politicians, this bipartisan commission on election integrity will continue its work to gather the facts through public records requests to ensure the integrity of each American’s vote because the public has a right to know.”
As Heine reported, CNN, NBC, The Week, Forbes, Vox, NY Daily News, Mic, CBS, and Yahoo are among the news outlets that made the “44 states” false claim. CNN’s “New Day” co-host Chris Cuomo said what many in the media echo chamber are thinking: “Is there a second line to this story in terms of what this commission is about other than the obvious, which is trying to put meat on the bones of a B.S. allegation?”
Those interested in learning why Kobach is pursuing a voter fraud probe despite media heat are invited to check out this article from The Sentinel. The problem is worse than you think.