Trump Will Establish Voter Fraud Commission, With a Voter Suppression Crusader in a Leading Role
15 May, 2017, 18:49
"The work of this commission will be to assist all state elections officials in the country in understanding, and addressing, the problem of voter fraud", Mr. Kobach said. Speaking on Good Morning America in November, Conway said some of Trump's information came from Kobach.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed an executive order to create the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. "President Trump has chose to waste taxpayer dollars chasing a unicorn and perpetuating the risky myth that widespread voter fraud exists".
According to a person familiar with the commission, other participants will include Democrats and Republicans involved in election administration at the state level.
White House officials say the commission will be lead by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who will look at allegations of improper voting and voter registration fraud in states across the nation.
"Tellingly, the National Association of Secretaries of State, the bipartisan group that speaks for statewide elections administrators, learned about the president's executive order through press reports this morning". The president has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, or for that matter, anything more than the case here and there that Kobach has been able to prosecute.
Before the vote, Trump claimed the electoral system was "rigged" against him and suggested he might challenge the results if he lost.
The secretary of state championed Kansas' proof-of-citizenship requirement as an anti-fraud measure that keeps noncitizens from voting, including immigrants living in the USA illegally. He sparked a political firestorm on Tuesday when he fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey.
The White House said the commission will review practices that affect the integrity of federal elections-spanning improper registrations, improper voting, fraudulent registrations, fraudulent voting and voting suppression.
Trump began making his allegations of widespread voter fraud shortly after the election, claiming that he would have won the popular vote - which he lost by almost 3 million votes - if there had not been so many votes cast illegally.
ACLU Voting Rights Project director Dale Ho slammed Kobach's selection on Thursday, labeling the Kansan the "King of Voter Suppression".
Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union criticized the commission, saying it will likely lead to more barriers for minority and low-income voters.