Governor Wolf Denies Trump Administration Request for Voter Information

first_imgGovernor Wolf Denies Trump Administration Request for Voter Information June 30, 2017 Press Release,  Voting & Elections Governor Tom Wolf sent the following letter today to Kris Kobach, the Vice Chair of the Trump Administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.To view the letter in its entirety, click here (Scribd). View a PDF version here.Full text of the letter:June 30, 2017Kris W. KobachVice ChairPresidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500Dear Vice Chair Kobach:We have received your request for the personal information, including partial Social Security Numbers, birth dates and driver license numbers, of every registered voter in the state. The commonwealth cannot share this information.Your request is problematic for several reasons. First, you have suggested that you would make this information public. Wholesale public disclosure of individual voter records would be inappropriate, and it is contrary to Pennsylvania law. Second, you have given no assurances that you will handle such data securely. More broadly, your request implies that your office may undertake a systematic effort to suppress the vote in Pennsylvania.In addition, I have serious reservations about the true intentions of this effort in light of the false statements this administration has made regarding voting integrity, the historical suppression of voting rights, and the way that such data has been used in the past.First, during the campaign, then-candidate Trump repeatedly and falsely suggested, without evidence, that there existed wide-spread voter fraud in Pennsylvania and in particular in certain population centers in our commonwealth. These claims were untrue and unsupported by any credible evidence. Even worse, after the election, then-President-elect Trump suggested that millions of votes across the country had been cast illegally. Again, then President-Elect Trump provided no evidence in support of his claims. These attacks on our most important democratic institution – the right to vote – remain unproven and lack even a scintilla of support.Second, I have grave concerns your request is a mere pretense for pursuing restrictions on the fundamental right of citizens to vote. Here in Pennsylvania, our Courts have already struck down a voter identification program, holding that such program placed unconstitutional and undue burden on this fundamental right. I have no interest in contributing to any effort to suppress the right to vote or create unnecessary or unfair burdens on voters.Lastly, my predecessor sought to participate in your failed Inter-State Crosscheck Program, only to have local election officials explain that the program was useless, and even hurtful to improving the integrity of our election systems. The Crosscheck data was riddled with errors and inaccurate. Even so, the program discovered absolutely no double voting within the commonwealth.Of course, integrity of the vote is of utmost importance to me and my administration. As such, my administration has partnered with the PEW Charitable Trusts’ and the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to help ensure the integrity of our voter rolls. ERIC provides a more sophisticated and more reliable matching process than Interstate Crosscheck and consequently delivers a high level of confidence in the data that it provided to Pennsylvania. We are satisfied with ERIC and do not need any further assistance.That said, like any citizen, you are welcome to purchase the publicly available voter file from the Pennsylvania Department of State. It can be purchased at pavoterservices.pa.gov for $20. Of course, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, such data may not be used for commercial or other purposes, except as required by 25 Pa.C.S. sections 1207(b) & 1404(c)(2). Further, such information may not be published on the Internet, as such publication is prohibited by 4 Pa. Code sections 183.13(g) & 183.14(k).At the end of the day, I would be more interested in hearing from the White House how they are protecting our elections from outside, illegal and international influence, including misinformation disseminated on the Internet. Further, I would support any effort to invest more federal funding in protecting our voter systems and improving voting technology.The right to vote is absolute and I have no confidence that you seek to bolster it. Voter suppression is undemocratic and I will not allow Pennsylvania to participate in this process to further the trend of suppression seen across the country.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorGovernor Tom Wolf Letter to Kris Kobach Denying Trump Administration Request for Voter Information by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rangers assure fans of steady rise to the top

first_imgCoach Salisu Yusuf of Rangers International Football Club has assured the club’ numerous fans that it will be a steady climb off the bottom rung of the NPFL log with a win over visiting Jigawa Golden Stars F.C of Dutse in a rescheduled match day 7 fixture slated for Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu. Salisu The vastly experienced gaffer will lead his wards out at ‘The Cathedral’, Wednesday, February 12, 2020, with the three points at stake not negotiable. After two drawn games on the road against table topping Lobi Stars and Akwa United in the last four days, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ look set to annex all three points against the returning premiership boys with new coach Gilbert Opana promising to ruffle some feathers. Coach Yusuf said, “We have done well in our two away matches in the NPFL and I believe that such form will continue. We have to continue from where we stopped by winning convincingly. Sure, in every match one is expected to work extra hard as victory is expected all the time.”Advertisement Loading… He further said, “We know its not going to be an easy match against Jigawa Golden Star but we hope to smile home after the match. We cannot underrate the visitors but we have made winning our watchword. Any team that will beat us must work extra hard because we are not thinking of losing away, not to talk of home. Every team is beatable hence, I have told my players to up their game in every match.” Also speaking ahead of the first encounter between both sides for over a decade, Super Eagles B defense lynchpin, Ifeanyi Nweke said, “We all know the importance of tomorrow’s game even when we have three home games at hand. We believe it will be a very good point for us as we expect a good match from the boys from Dutse. The atmosphere in camp is charged for the maximum points as we are well motivated to get the win. By God’s grace we shall be victorious.” Jigawa Golden stars hit Enugu with some experienced legs in such players as goalkeeper Dami Paul and Papa Idris have two wins on the bounce under new coach, Gilbert Opana, who is just two weeks with club, seats on the 17th position with twenty points from 18 matches while Rangers occupy the 18th position with seventeen points from 14 matches will be banking on the likes of Ibrahim Olawoyin, Israel Abia, Ifegwu Ojukwu and Tony Shimaga to annex the three points at stake and extend its unbeaten run to nine matches. Read Also:CCC: Enugu Rangers make history in Egypt, beat Pyramids Coach Opana said ahead of the tie, “We are in Enugu to play a very good match and expect a good result as well knowing fully that we did not start the season well even as I was not there at the start. My opposing coach is a very sound coach who likes good football so there will be beautiful football at ‘The Cathedral’ on Wednesday.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Cooper reaches 1,000-point milestone in loss to Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Shortly after her bank-shot rippled through the public address system announced she had reached the 1,000-point mark, exciting the Carrier Dome crowd. It was the loudest cheer of the night.This year, Cooper is averaging 8.9 points while shooting a career-low 21.6% from 3. She entered the season shooting 30% from 3.After Thursday night’s loss, Cooper said the past two games – SU has been outscored by a combined 33 points – have been among the worst for her team in her four-year career. SU is now back at .500 with 13 games remaining in the regular season.“We’ve got to find a way to motivate ourselves,” Cooper said after the loss. “We’ve got to dig deep. Make the change ourselves. Like, okay, this is enough. We need to win. We have to win. We have to play with a will to win, and we’re not playing with a will to win.”Cooper added: “It’s different when you lose by one or two points and it’s a possession game, it’s like they messed up here, we messed up there. These last two games, we just haven’t played good the whole game. The whole game was bad.” Comments Published on January 16, 2020 at 10:33 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermancenter_img In bittersweet fashion, senior guard Gabrielle Cooper scored her 1,000 point in an orange uniform on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome.With 8:31 remaining in the third quarter, Cooper sliced through the Georgia Tech defense, absorbed contact and switched hands in mid-air for a floater. She’d finish with four points in an 82-64 loss and recorded a team-worst -22 plus/minus.“It means a lot,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “One thousand points is a milestone that every college player wants to reach. That’s a lot of success in college … She’s played with some very good players and I’m really proud of her.”last_img read more