President Trump may have high hopes for his voter fraud commission, but the general public doesn't seem to be on board with the panel, as evidenced by comments released by the White House on Thursday.
The White House released more than 100 pages of comments submitted to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity from June 29 to July 11, and noted that any filed would be posted publicly on the panel's website.
Some of the comments offered suggestions to the voter fraud commission, which will meet for its inaugural meeting next week.
One person, identified as Lynn Adams, made seven recommendations to the commission on how to improve the federal election process.
Adams's recommendations included abolishing the Electoral College, which Adams referred to as an "outdated dinosaur," and making Election Day a holiday so all registered voters can make it to the polls.
"I'm glad you asked for the opinion of the American public," Adams wrote.
Others said they disagreed with the flow of money into the political systems after the Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case, and criticized Republicans for failing to draft a proposal to upgrade voting machines.
But most of the comments criticized the voter fraud commission, as well as a request commission Vice Chair Kris Kobach made to secretaries of state for publicly available voter roll data.
Forty-four states refused parts of Kobach's request to send the White House the full names of all registered voters, their addresses, birth dates, last four digits of their Social Security numbers, voting history, and other personal information.
"As a private citizen, I must tell you that your request for voting information from the states is completely inappropriate," Rev. Anthony Hughes wrote in an email June 29. "It is none of your business or the president's how I vote, for whom I vote, and whether I vote. Such information in the hands of any administration would be open to all kinds of manipulation for nefarious purposes, which I believe, you and Mr. Trump are up to."
"You have an unsavory reputation for raising this phony issue over and over, ignoring the fact that there are no legitimate studies proving your argument," David Grant said in a July 5 email. "You are simply attempting to legitimize a sorry attempt to further restrict voting rights. The states are right in refusing the data you requested. Since your aim is purely political, and antithetical to the right to vote."
"I ask that you demonstrate a modicum of integrity and resign from this charade immediately," John Hartman wrote in a July 11 email. "The Commission's charge is based on a false premise created by a president who lies continually. Your participation in this phony commission only props up the president's lie."
Some poked fun at the panel's mission: to study vulnerabilities in the federal election system that could lead to voter fraud.
"Hi, I voted in all 50 states. Just wanted you to know," Beau McElhattan wrote in a June 29 email to the commission staff.
"Is this where we file complaints about the guy who lost the election bust [sic] still became president?" John Butler wrote June 30.
Others encouraged Kobach and the voter fraud commission to protect the federal election system from foreign interference following Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.
"What you should be addressing is the ability of foreign nationals to hack into our election serves and not only try to change the registrations but possibly change the actual vote," Cheryl Schenk wrote June 29. "You should be worried about how each state secures the votes and the voter registrations. Your job, as part of the Commission on Election Integrity, is to make our election process — be [it] local, state, or national — is the most safest way for every American citizen to have their voices heard."
At least one person, Paul Kendall, urged Kobach and the commission to look at the voting in Alaska and warned of potential voter fraud in the 2018 midterm elections.
"PLEASE LOOK INTO ALASKA VOTING BASE, I think you will find surprising things," Kendall said in a June 30 email.
Another, identified as Christine Dillon, said she was concerned about the voting system in Georgia, which she said didn't offer a way to check if voting machines were hacked or votes changed.
Trump formed the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in May after alleging that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
The commission is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, and currently has a dozen members.
The commissioners will convene July 19 for its inaugural meeting.