Scammers and Fraudsters are into news nowadays. They’re getting into our bones so we cannot blame if there are individuals who will take all measures just to protect their identity.
Nearly 3,400 Coloradans canceled their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump administration’s request for voter info, the Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Thursday, providing the first statewide glimpse at the extent of the withdrawals.
The 3,394 cancellations represent a vanishingly small percentage of the electorate — 0.09 percent of the state’s 3.7 million registered voters. But the figure is striking nonetheless, with some county election officials reporting that they’ve never seen anything quite like it in their careers.
The Post does not mention if the cancellations are concentrated in any given area. 3,000 or so votes scattered statewide may not mean much, but that many in a smaller area could be worth looking into.
The information requested by President Trump’s commission is already publicly available, which seemed to also be a motivating factor for those canceling their registrations:
The withdrawals began in earnest earlier this month, after a presidential advisory commission on election integrity requested publicly available voter information from all 50 states.
County election officials told The Denver Post that voters have typically given them two reasons for the withdrawals: They don’t trust President Donald Trump’s voter integrity commission, and they didn’t realize how much of their voter registration information was already public under state law.
“It’s my hope that folks who withdrew their registration will re-register, particularly once they realize that no confidential information will be provided and that the parties and presidential candidates already have the same publicly available information from the 2016 election cycle,” Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in a statement.
Recently, President Trump took to twitter to ask what state officials who wouldn’t comply with the commission’s request had to hide.
That question is probably fairer to ask when dealing with officials who are charged with maintaining the integrity of the election process.
Individual citizens who are worried about their information being in the hands of the government are generally quite prudent.