Trump’s voter suppression panel led by noted white supremacist Kris Kobach, is already having an impact in Colorado.
Hundreds of Republican and unaffiliated voters in Colorado are among the nearly 4,000 people who have canceled their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump administration’s request for voter information.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office reported Monday that of the 3,738 people who withdrew their registrations between June 28 and Friday, 367 are Republicans and 1,255 are unaffiliated voters. Just over 2,000 Democrats have also canceled their registrations.
The cancellations are just a minuscule fraction of the state’s 3.7 million registered voters. But the figure is striking nonetheless, with some county election officials reporting that they’ve never seen anything quite like it in their careers.
It doesn’t seem like the real story here is a few Republicans among thousands of Democrats. Anyway.
The withdrawals began in earnest earlier this month, after a presidential advisory commission on election integrity requested publicly available voter information from all 50 states. On July 10 alone, 1,237 Colorado voters withdrew their registrations.
This is likely to be one early effect throughout the nation. For whatever reason–paranoia or legitimate worry, people are going to simply stop voting. A lot of those people will be people of color. And Republicans win. I’ve been surprised by the number of states who have rejected this bullshit voter fraud panel, but for Trump and Kobach and Bannon, this is gold.