Trump Forms Commission on Election Integrity After Voter Fraud Claims
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 8:31
President Donald Trump created a commission on Thursday to investigate voter fraud and suppression, the White House said, a move that follows Trump's unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in the 2016 USA election. At the time, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the investigation wouldn't just be about the 2016 election, but "about the integrity of our voting system".
The intent of the commission, which will include both Republicans and Democrats, will be to study "vulnerabilities" in US voting systems.
The official says the panel will include Republicans and Democrats and include current and former state election officials. "He is exactly the wrong person to be involved in any commission on voter fraud".
In a statement, Simon continued, "Vice President Pence serves a president who still falsely and irresponsibly insists that millions of ineligible votes were cast in the last election".
"If the Trump administration really cares about election integrity", Ho said, "it will divulge its supposed evidence before embarking on this commission boondoggle".
League of Women Voters President Chris Carson said, "The real goal of this effort is to justify President Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections".
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Critics contend it suppresses voter turnout, particularly among young and minority voters, and that there have been few cases of fraud.
She says the group plans to complete its work with a report to the president by 2018.
The president claimed that he and Ayotte both would have been victorious in the Granite State if not for the "thousands" of people who were "brought in on buses" from neighboring MA to "illegally" vote in New Hampshire.
The evidence that does exist, however, shows that voter fraud is extremely rare and that three million undocumented immigrants didn't vote in the 2016 election.
"This misbegotten Commission sadly is yet another malicious effort to undermine the voting rights of millions of Americans across the country".
Kobach announced on Fox News last month that he wasn't leaving his job, putting an end to months of speculation that he'd join the Trump administration. Kobach advised Trump's transition team and has been a leading GOP proponent of tighter voting regulations.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Thursday to learn why President Donald Trump thinks there is voter fraud.