One of democracy’s best protections against blatantly preposterous proposals is that the perpetrators inevitably go too far. In the case of President Donald Trump’s fraudulent voter fraud commission, that didn’t take long. Even before next week’s first official meeting, the panel Trump created to pursue his ridiculous claim that 3 million to 5 million Americans voted fraudulently last November, is running into roadblocks both federal and state. On Monday, it temporarily suspended its request for reams of public and personal election data in the wake of multiple federal court suits from liberal groups contending it has failed to protect voters’ privacy. But the principal resistance has come from the nation’s secretaries of state, many of them Republicans.
They have the most experience running elections, and they’re making clear their opposition to this misguided federal threat to their authority. On Monday they unanimously passed a resolution at their annual meeting stressing the states’ role in administering federal, state and local elections.
The bipartisan rebuke came after many responded individually to the panel’s request by echoing Mississippi GOP Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s rejoinder that the panel chaired by Vice President Mike Pence “can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great state to launch from.”