|INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity convened for its second meeting.
“Today, members of Vice President Mike Pence’s commission once again industriously hunted for reasons to justify making it more difficult for Americans to vote. Like Secretary Lawson’s “no correlation” between early voting and turnout comment weeks before, the Commission twisted itself into knots to justify naked attempts to reduce turnout and tilt elections in favor of Republicans. Commission Vice-Chair Kris Kobach had his previous claim that thousands of New Hampshire voters committed voter fraud repeatedly swatted down by the New Hampshire Secretary of State himself. If the Commission was serious about election integrity, perhaps their Vice-Chair should be more careful in claiming fraud. From gerrymandering to selectively limiting early voting, Indiana Statehouse Republicans have spent years rigging the system to win elections. Consider, instead, if the Commission’s time, energy and taxpayer-resources were spent strengthening Hoosiers and Americans’ Constitutionally-protected right to vote.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic African American Caucus released the following statement concerning the Trump Administration’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“The Indiana Democratic African American Caucus (IDAAC) denounces the decision of President Trump, in a move that President Obama calls ‘cruel’, regarding DACA. IDAAC stands in support of our Hispanic brothers and sisters as this is a call for alliances to be formed with other minority groups in order to recruit, support and train minority candidates up and down the State of Indiana to run for office in 2018 and going forward in the coming election cycles. Legislation that is anti-diversity not only damages America now, but that hate will hurt us for generations to come. We must stand together in the face of Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, support of white supremacy in Virginia, and demolition of freedom through DACA’s reversal. America is better–and we must be the proof.”
INDIANAPOLIS – George Hornedo, President of the Indiana Latino Democratic Caucus, released the below statement following the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which offers some protection to nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
“Today’s decision by the Trump Administration is cruel and indecent. Not only does it lack an economic or national security rationale, but it is morally wrong. About 800,000 Dreamers—nearly 10,000 in Indiana alone—are at risk of being taken away from their families and the communities they know. Now that President Trump has shifted responsibility to Congress, we as citizens must act with the fierce urgency of now to ensure that our elected officials do the right thing and protect Dreamers. It’s time to turn up the heat.”
INDIANAPOLIS – In response to the Trump administration’s announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement.
“Today, the Trump administration turned its back on hard-working immigrant families and students who only know this country as their home. In Indiana, nearly 9,000 DACA beneficiaries contribute more than $500 million in economic activity to the Hoosier economy. They are small business owners, entrepreneurs and they are vitally important to our state’s economic engine. We know there is much work to be done to fix our broken immigration system. Subtracting half a billion dollars in GDP from the state’s economy won’t help in that aim, nor will building walls instead of bridges. We urge Congress to work together to find a bipartisan solution.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement concerning Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s testimony during a meeting of the Interim Study Committee on Elections.
“The facts are clear. In Hamilton County, where Hoosiers enjoy expanded early voting options, a higher percentage of people voted early and overall turnout was more than 15 points higher than in Marion County during the 2016 election. In her testimony before the Interim Study Committee on Elections today, Secretary of State Connie Lawson said she sees “no correlation” between early voting and turnout. Hoosiers want the option to exercise their right to vote in a way that fits into their everyday lives. Lawson is either overlooking the obvious or she’s providing cover for Republicans who continue to play politics with early voting. If there’s no correlation, as Secretary Lawson suggests, why are places like Hamilton County expanding locations? Convenience. Every Hoosier voter deserves that option, not just those residing in Republican areas. For Indiana Republicans like Lawson who endorse the status quo, which continues to block the expansion of early voting in Marion County, it’s time to admit their actions aren’t about enabling Hoosiers to exercise their right to vote, it’s about ensuring Republicans win elections any way possible.”