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Voter Integrity Commission releases scorching (and unredacted) public comments

<span style="font-size: 16px;">Voting tables at a primary election polling station inside Colin Powell Elementary School in Centreville, Va., in 2016. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)</span>

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which splashed into public view this month after asking states to provide personal voter information, has released a tranche of public comments ahead of its first official meeting. Of more than 112 pages of comments, just two are positive; the rest range from sincere advice to colorful, obscenity-laced trolling. And in an irony that harks back to the voter-info controversy, none of the email information has been redacted to protect the senders.

The positive comments come from voters who think they have leads on real cases of fraud. One, in broken English, argues that Alaska’s remote villages are bastions of potential fraud — “ask about their records on hand.” It also misspells the name of Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and commission vice chair making its biggest calls.

That’s an outlier; there are far more comments suggesting that if the commission keeps this up, voters will have to hide their identities.

More comments appeal to the reason of the commission members. Several point to cases of duplicate voting by Republicans, not to argue that the commission is necessary, but that it’s missing the forest for the trees.

And several more comments are just … jokes.

The email dump came just days before the commission’s first meeting, scheduled for the morning of July 19, and open in person only to members of the White House press corps; it will also “be open to the public through live-streaming.”