[Trenton] -- Today, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee John Currie urged New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to join other states in rejecting a request for the personal information of all Garden State voters. In addition to her role as Lieutenant Governor, Guadagno is New Jersey’s Secretary of State, and the state's Republican gubernatorial nominee.

According to the Washington Post a letter was sent to all 50 states from the head of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Kansas’ secretary of state Kris Kobach. The letter requests “full voter-roll data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter in the state.”

The so-called Commission was created in response to the completely unsubstantiated claims of our insecure President, who has insisted that millions voted illegally despite evidence to the contrary. And, as Connecticut's Secretary of State Denise Merrill argued, Kobach has “a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas." Meanwhile, in an age when electronic systems have proven vulnerable to hacking, the sharing of all of this personal data to serve the questionable intent of a fraudulent commission represents an unnecessary security risk.

Chairman Currie, who fought in federal court to allow New Jerseyans the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot, says Guadagno must choose between her party's troublesome past and New Jersey's collective future. “The Republican Party does not only have the wrong priorities, they are advancing a destructive agenda. Although climate change has been scientifically proven to be real and dangerous, they choose to deny it. But then they go gangbusters over something like this, despite there being no evidence that significant voter fraud currently exists. Mrs. Guadagno needs to reject this request and prove that she is capable of addressing real concerns confronting New Jersey’s working families,” Currie said.

Kobach’s request appears to be just the Republican Party’s latest effort to manipulate electoral outcomes. And New Jersey Republicans ought to be familiar with their own history of illegality. As the New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice explains. “In 1982, after caging in predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods, the Republican National Committee and New Jersey Republican State Committee entered into a consent decree with their Democratic party counterparts. Under that decree and its 1987 successor, the Republican party organizations agreed to allow a federal court to review proposed ‘ballot security’ programs.”

Guadagno also has a record of voters suppression, having facilitated the special U.S. Senate election that Governor Christie scheduled on a Wednesday in October — one for which taxpayers footed as much as $24 million in additional costs, but that resulted in the lowest voter turnout in state history.

“If Republicans really wanted to improve the integrity of elections, they would pursue the credible allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and stop trying to reincarnate Jim Crow laws that undermine the rights of citizens to hold their government to account,” Currie added.


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