Donald Trump to launch panel to investigate voter fraud

Lauren Perry
May 16, 2017

The commission will include two Republicans, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and two Democrats, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said in a press release that Trump's voter fraud claims have been "widely debunked".

Trump has said there was widespread voter fraud in the November 2016 election, but this assertion is disputed by state officials and election experts.

"The integrity of our elections is an foundational issue, but any commission led by an extremist like Kris Kobach - a "birther" whose attempts to restrict voting rights have repeatedly been struck down in federal court - has zero credibility", he said. State election officials across the country, including Republicans, have disputed his claim.

Trump's commission comes in the wake of allegations by this president that "millions" voted illegally in 2016, thus denying him the majority of the popular vote.

"Local election officials here in ME do a great job of running the election process", Dunlap said.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in a tweet, said, "My office found zero substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY past year".

The White House is attempting to bury this Commission at a time when the nation and Congress are consumed with this administration's own Russian Federation scandal.

Three weeks after winning the presidency, Donald Trump tweeted, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

In a Fox News interview in February, Kobach said there were 115 cases in Kansas of noncitizens on the voter rolls or trying to get on the voter rolls, which he said could be the "tip of the iceberg". "The president's proposed commission seems to fail the credibility test". The executive order instructs the group to look at processes that enhance or undermine the confidence in American elections, and also look for any vulnerabilities that could lead to voter fraud. Vice President Mike Pence will chair the commission. Poetter said Kobach plans to stay in his job as Kansas secretary of state. "And I fear that it will serve as pretext for the administration's efforts to roll back the voting rights so many fought so hard to obtain". Calling Kobach the "Javert of voter fraud" after the hyper-moralistic cop in Les Miserables, the editorial continued mockingly, "Keep this up, sir, and you may yet prove that of the 1.8 million registered voters in the state, the number of those who have perpetrated this crime is in the double digits".

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