Election Security

Maintain the Public Trust by showing respect for the Supreme Court

In order for the public to trust the Department of Homeland Security, the public must trust the department's leadership.

 

Today my trust in the department was impacted by the derogatory comments publicly posted by Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HomelandKen/status/1273664670768025601. The tweet reads:

 

"I used to use #SCOTUS... I think after today's rulings, I'm going to start typing it like this: #scotus. We need more good Justices."

 

As many American citizens are aware, the election process is governed by the rule of law in the United States. As the final arbiter of the law, the Supreme Court of the United States has been called on in the past to directly rule on legislation related to elections. In fact, in Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), the Supreme Court's decision determined the outcome of the presidential election.

From his tweet, Mr. Cuccinelli makes it obvious that he does not like the rulings handed down today. As a private citizen, that is his right. But when he uses his Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security verified Twitter account, I believe this is an abuse of his position.

 

I also find this threatening as a registered voter. Might Mr. Cuccinelli's personal feelings towards certain members of the Supreme Court impact his ability to faithfully and responsibly carry out his official duties to protect the sanctity of our electoral process, and abide by any decisions made by the courts?

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