The Brennan Center letter, signed by Weiser as well as the center’s director and counsel Nicole Austin-Hillery, cites the “impending crisis” in voting technology, identified by a bipartisan commission in 2014 and outlined in a subsequent Brennan Center report, and warns that the EAC is “the only federal agency which has as its central mission” the improvement of elections.
Further, Weiser and Austin-Hillery describe the now-threatened presidential public financing system as “one of the few remaining tools to increase the voice of everyday Americans vis-à-vis the rising tide of special interest money that has flooded the political system since the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Citizens United.”
While acknowledging that the current financing system is out of date, the coalition similarly warned, “Now is the time to upgrade our presidential public financing system to empower small donors. Eliminating the presidential public financing system will ensure that the presidency is in the hands of the nation’s wealthiest individuals and special interest groups.”
Reporting on the vote, The Nation‘s Ari Berman on Tuesday observed, “It’s particularly ironic that the Trump administration is preparing to launch a massive investigation into nonexistent voter fraud based on the lie that millions voted illegally while House Republicans are shutting down the agency that is supposed to make sure America’s elections are secure. It’s more proof of how the GOP’s real agenda is to make it harder to vote.”
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