Civil rights advocates have launched a direct attack on President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission in the form of a grassroots campaign aimed at increasing voter participation in all 50 states. Taking a step beyond simply responding to Trump-backed efforts to find voter fraud, the American Civil Liberties Union over the weekend kicked off a “Let People Vote” campaign in Lawrence, Kansas, the home state of Kris Kobach, who leads the controversial commission. The location wasn’t accidental.
“Kobach is one of the country’s leading vote suppressors and we wanted to let him know we were not going to sit around and wait for his responses,” the ACLU’s director of strategic initiatives Ronald Newman, told Newsweek. “We’re going to go on offense.”
ACLU’s campaign involves initiatives individually tailored to each state that will connect thousands of volunteers to opportunities to advocate for state and local policies making it easier for people to vote where they live. The launch event in Lawrence on Sunday was live-streamed to more than 500 viewing parties in every state, reaching 100,000 viewers.