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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Rhode Island should follow Mississippi’s example

"Go jump in the Gulf of Mexico"

Image result for Trump voter fraud commissionThat’s what Mississippi’s Secretary of State, a Republican, has told Trump’s so-called “fraud commission” and that’s exactly how our Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea, should respond. Secretary Hosemann added,

“Mississippi residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State’s right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes,” his statement continued.


Secretary Gorbea, why are you being so compliant? The response from dozens of other states has been immediate and unequivocal. By the end of June, 27 states had denied the request

EDITOR'S NOTE: as of July 4, according to Trump's favorite news network CNN, 44 states intended to deny all or part of the demand for records. Most cite privacy, some cite the political bias evident in this entire process. Only three states - Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee - will fully comply. - W. Collette

Yes, it is exhausting having all our democratic institutions under attack simultaneously — and this is probably not what you signed up for — but for god’s sake Nellie grow a pair! 

If only out of enlightened self-interest. One day you may wake up to find your office has become a quaint relic and that all these matters are now being handled by a national registry. 

But if your oath of office means anything to you, please know that you will be abetting voter suppression.

The New York Times states that Rhode Island plans to comply partially. Attention Secretary Gorbea: Complying makes you COMPLICIT!  (And by the way, how much time will your staff be spending time on this?)

Let’s get on board with California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, who has flatly refused to hand over any data. (LA Times)

“I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally,” he said in a written statement. 

“California’s participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach.”

This one shouldn’t be hard. A “partial” democracy is no democracy at all. Come on Nellie, do the right thing.

Call Governor Gina M. Raimondo (401) 222.2080