Alan King, the lone Alabama representative on President Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, couldn’t attend the panel’s meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire. But King, the chief election officer and probate judge for Jefferson County, let the commission know how he felt about what he sees as an effort to keep people from voting rather than expanding the right to vote. “It is my sincere hope and prayer that this Commission will focus on the real election issues facing the United States of America, including alleged ‘hacking’ by the Russians, instead of spending precious time focusing on non-issues to deprive American citizens from voting,” King, a Democrat, stated in a recent 5-page report to the panel.
Some, particularly Democrats, have been critical of the commission, claiming that the President formed it to bolster his claims that if not for voter fraud he would have won the popular vote during November’s general election.
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., one of the most frequent critics, said the commission received testimony at today’s hearing from “political allies and long-time advocates for discriminatory voter restrictions” led by commission vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who she says has a history of voter suppression and has been the subject of civil rights complaints.