Last month, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — the panel developed by the president to investigate alleged voter fraud — sent out a letter to all 50 states asking for a wide range of voter data. Some of the information requested by the panel included Social Security numbers, dates of birth and military status.
Since then, almost every state’s secretary of state has refused to comply. One of the few who has expressed a willingness to work with the panel is Republican Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who said at the time that he’s happy to “offer our support in the collective effort to enhance the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the system.”
Ashcroft appeared on CNN’s New Day this morning to defend his decision and ended up getting into a bit of a battle with co-host Chris Cuomo, who wanted to know why so many other secretaries of state are refusing to do what Ashcroft is doing.
“Well, first of all, we do know vote fraud occurs,” Ashcroft responded after Cuomo read of some of the reactions from other state officials.
“But it happens on a very small scale,” Cuomo shot back. “There must be a list of priorities for you to take on as secretary of state than voter fraud.”
After the Missouri official claimed that Missouri has had elections changed due to voter fraud and that the amount of that fraud may still be up for debate, Cuomo went back on offense.
“I don’t accept that as a premise,” the CNN host exclaimed. “This is not a 50/50 proposition where maybe it’s 3 million; maybe it isn’t. There are no numbers anywhere like that coming from anywhere that deserves respect, except the president’s mouth.”
When Ashcroft noted that he could substantiate the occurrence of voter fraud in Missouri, Cuomo pushed back that what he can prove isn’t anywhere near the frequency or volume the president has claimed.
“You have a handful of cases,” Cuomo said. “You can’t make this a problem of any specific dimension or scope. You don’t have the cases. You don’t have the proof.”
The CNN anchor went on to say that the there are instances of voter fraud and that there’s almost “zero chance that our votes are accurate,” but that it isn’t a “widespread problem.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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