(Today's call is adapted from 5calls.org.)
Late last week, Trump issued an executive order establishing a commission on election integrity. The commission will be chaired by Mike Pence and make recommendations to the president about how to address alleged voter fraud.
Despite the commission's innocuous name, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's appointment to the commission hints at the true purpose of this group. Kobach is a lawyer with ties to white nationalism who has helped write and pass voter ID laws in multiple states, many of which have been overturned in court due to their racially disparate impact and clear discriminatory intent. A commission on election integrity that includes men like Kobach is a thinly veiled attempt to suppress voting rights in the name of election fairness.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, despite a complete lack of evidence. It is clear that the real threat to free and fair elections in the United States is in fact a widespread effort to limit voting rights. Many state governments have been working steadily to disenfranchise voters of color since the Supreme Court's 2013 decision to invalidate a key enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Trump's election integrity commission may advocate for spreading these discriminatory state-level policies nationwide.
WHO TO CALL:
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry at (225) 326-6000
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!
Sample script -
Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.
I'm calling because I'm disturbed by President Trump's recent creation of an election integrity commission, despite a lack of evidence that voter fraud is a problem. This commission's extremist membership and Trump's own false statements about the 2016 elections suggest that the group will work to limit voting rights nationwide. So I'm calling to urge the Attorney General to commit publicly to preserving voting rights by challenging discriminatory policies, such as voter ID laws, that suppress voting in the name of electoral integrity.
Thank you for your time, and your hard work answering the phones.
This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie.