Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

Owen Stevens
May 12, 2017

US President Donald Trump is to sign an executive order launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the US election system, according to three White House officials.

Shortly after taking office, Trump claimed, without offering evidence, that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016 and that he would create a commission led by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate. The Republican won the White House through victory in the Electoral College, which tallies wins in states, but lost the popular vote to his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, by some 3 million ballots.

Civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson says President Donald Trump's commission to investigate voter fraud is itself a fraud.

In a statement Thursday afternoon, Leahy said the commission's membership exposes it as a political sham.

Many state election officials worry the commission will divert attention from some of their more serious concerns, such as aging equipment and the threat of hacking. Membership of the commission has not been finalized, but is expected to include some secretaries of state, who generally oversee elections at the state level.

And although it's a bipartisan commission, the vice chair is going to be a Republican in Kansas, Secretary of State Kris Kobach. "But I am not holding my breath".

Every independant review of voter fraud in the USA has concluded that the problem is virtually nonexistant.

In addition to the faulty premise underlying the commission, Trump is said to be appointing Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, as co-chair of the effort.

Trump is trying to change the subject and distract from the Russian Federation, but in the bigger picture, this White House is also anxious to make it harder for people who are more likely to support Democrats to vote.

Kobach is the engineer of a number of laws and proposals that were struck down by the courts, including a proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration in Kansas that has been tied up in a multi-year legal battle. The ACLU has sought access to the documents, contending that if Kobach lobbied Trump on changes to federal voting law, it would be relevant to the case.

Kobach is nearly single-handedly responsible for some of the nation's strictest immigration laws in at least a half-dozen states - he not only writes the laws, but advocates for them and battles on their behalf in court.

Kobach has long alleged that voter fraud is rampant. "They didn't vote for me", Trump said in an interview with ABC News that aired January 25.

Update May 11, 2:46 PM: The text of Trump's executive order has been released. And they're eager to see what the commission comes up with.

"When there are so many problems to address in Kansas and the United States, I can't fathom that our citizens believe we should be wasting our time on such a worthless issue as this", said Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kan.

The investigation also found 41 noncitizens had voted, 24 people had voted twice and two people falsely voted using the name of a recently deceased family member. Though he's not sure of a timeline of what the group is doing and when, he suspects that the commission will not find much in the way of voter fraud.

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