Top officials in the Democratic National Committee are worried about a sudden drop in voter registrations in Colorado, concerned that President Donald Trump’s new election commission is encouraging Democrats across the country to remove themselves from the electoral grid for fear of revealing personal information to the GOP leadership.And a recent study of illegal voting suggests that may well be true.
Led by DNC Chairman Tom Perez, they’ve begun an effort — in conjunction with the Colorado Democratic Party — to persuade other members of the party’s rank-and-file to stay registered.
“If you unregister, you are giving a victory to proponents of voter suppression,” Perez said in an interview with McClatchy.
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More than 3,000 Colorado voters have unregistered since Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested personal data on voters in late June, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. The commission, created to investigate alleged voter fraud in states across the country, drew bipartisan backlash this month with its request, with officials in both parties declining to provide the information out of concern for voters’ privacy.
The Colorado voters who withdrew their registration represent less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the state’s total number of registered voters, said officials with the Colorado secretary of state’s office. And Democratic officials say they haven’t seen widespread examples of voters revoking their registration in other states.
But to Perez, the case in Colorado is an example of the Trump-created commission trying to make it more difficult to vote. He and other Democrats have accused the group of laying the groundwork for Republican-led efforts that would make voting more difficult. (Trump has said, without evidence, that three to five million men and women voted illegally in the last election. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million.)
Are these illegal voters dropping out for fear of being charged or are they formerly democratic voters disgusted with the party and dropping off the rolls?