This executive order is just the latest and most overt voter suppression tactic the Trump Administration has taken to date. From the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, a man who was previously barred from the federal bench by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and, according to Coretta Scott King, would cause a ‘devastating effect on the progress toward fulfilling my husband’s dream;’ from his baseless claims of millions engaging in voter fraud in an election where he lost the popular vote by three million; to today’s executive order, which is a shameless effort to change the subject from the growing scandal around his firing of FBI Director James Comey — Trump has shown he doesn’t understand or respect the right of all Americans to have their voice heard at the ballot box.
I’ve always agreed with the Supreme Court Justice Stanley Matthews who wrote that the right to vote is a ‘fundamental political right’ because it is ‘preservative of all rights.’ It’s why I oppose Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law, and it’s why I went to work in 2014 to protect voting rights here in Texas, and that’s why I strongly believe that every eligible voter should be able to exercise that right. At its core voting isn’t just about political outcomes, it’s also about how our communities engage with their democracy — instead of inventing claims of voter fraud, we should be working to increase participation and ease access to the ballot box.
Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud have been called categorically false by multiple major news organizations. His claims that there was “serious voter fraud in California and Virginia during the 2016 elections were rated “Pants on Fire” by PolitiFact’s Truth-o-Meter. Similar statements made by his staff on alleged fraud in New Hampshire received the same rating.