White House releases emails sent to voter fraud commission

White House releases emails sent to voter fraud commission
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The White House has released a number of colorful emails from concerned citizens writing about the Trump administration's controversial voter fraud commission.

The White House said Thursday in a blog post requesting public comments that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity "may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted."

A number of comments sent over the last month and released Thursday mocked the presidential commission, which President Trump created by executive order in May after his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.

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The commission sent out a request for all states to submit voter registration information, including voters' names, addresses, party affiliations and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.

One respondent said the information requested would "open up the entire voting population up to a massive amount of fraud" if released.

"I voted in all 50 states," joked another commenter. "Just wanted you to know."

While some offered support for the commission, others called it a "sham" or blasted it in profanity-laced emails while praising states for refusing to hand over voter data. 

"Mr. Trump's claims that millions of fraudulent votes were cast against him is the ravings of an egomaniac who can't stand to lose," wrote another. "I hope and pray that you fail."

The commission chaired by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach (R) is set to meet for the first time on July 19 in downtown Washington, D.C.

The meeting, which will include statements from commission members, will be streamed live on the White House website but will reportedly not accept public comments.

"Given the large number of public comments received through the staff email account, the Commission may offer alternative means of providing public comments in the future," the commission said.