Blumenauer Statement on First Meeting of “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity”

July 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the first meeting of Trump’s “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.” Blumenauer has introduced legislation that would ensure automatic voter registration is available to all Americans and expand Oregon’s successful vote-by-mail model nationwide.

Additionally, he has joined colleagues in introducing legislation to:

  • Support early voting and weekend voting opportunities;
  • Prohibit discriminatory photo identification requirements;
  • Require that states provide same-day voter registration.

“This commission is a step backward in the centuries-long fight for equal access to the ballot. The fact that it’s being headed by elected officials from two states with a long history of voter suppression – Mike Pence from Indiana and Kris Kobach from Kansas – is revealing of its underlying nature. The commission is nothing but an attempt to further disenfranchise American voters and feed Trump’s ego.

“Trump’s commission is masking the real problem with our electoral system: voter suppression is on the rise in states across the country. That’s why I’ve worked to make it easier to vote by promoting Oregon’s successful automatic voter registration and vote-by-mail systems at the national level.

“Voting is a fundamental right, and any attempts to undermine it must be stopped.”