Cicilline Statement on Trump’s Unwarranted Executive Order on Voting Fraud

Thursday, May 11, 2017

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act to expand ballot access for voters in all 50 states, issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order to investigate baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud in the United States:

“The right to vote is essential to our democracy. Every eligible voter should be able to make their voices heard at the ballot box. But for years, Republicans have been doing everything they can to take this right away from workers, minorities, and young people. That’s the sole purpose of the commission President Trump established today – to make it easier for Republicans to win elections, and more difficult for some of us to vote.”

“The President has claimed that 3-5 million people voted illegally last year. This would be laughable if it weren’t coming from the highest level of our government. It’s critical that members of both parties denounce these lies and hold President Trump accountable. Whether its voter fraud, interfering in a criminal investigation, or blocking American reporters from a meeting with the Russian foreign minister, it’s long past time for Donald Trump to answer for the harm he’s doing to our democracy.”

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