(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump, speaking to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, said Wednesday that most states have provided voter data to the commission, but there are more that have refused to provide the data, and he wondered why.
The advisory commission’s job is to uphold “the integrity of the ballot box and the principle of ‘one citizen, one vote,'” the president said.
“Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy. Can’t let that happen. Any form of illegal or fraudulent voting, whether by non-citizens or the deceased, and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped,” Trump said.
“I’m pleased that more than 30 states have already agreed to share the information with the commission and the other states. That information will be forthcoming. If any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they’re worried about, and I asked the vice president, I asked the commission: What are they worried about? There’s something. There always is,” he said.
The president said the issue was important because people have expressed concern about voter irregularities during the presidential campaign.
“This issue is very important to me because, throughout the campaign and even after it, people would come up to me and express their concerns about voter inconsistencies and irregularities, which they saw, in some cases, having to do with very large numbers of people in certain states,” Trump said.
“All public officials have a profound responsibility to protect the integrity of the vote. We have no choice. If we want to make America great again, we have to protect the integrity of the vote and our voters,” he said.
The president said the issue has nothing to do with any particular political party.
“This is not a Democrat or a Republican issue, it’s an American issue,” he said. “It’s about the concern of so many Americans that improper voting has taken place and canceling out the votes of lawful American citizens. That is why President Theodore Roosevelt once said, it is the affair of every honest voter, wherever born, to see that no fraudulent voting is allowed anywhere.”