White House commission to study voter fraud, suppression
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 19, 2017,
May 19, 2017, 6:55
President Trump is fulfilling his pledge to investigate his own claims of massive (nonexistent) voter fraud that he said is undermining elections in the U.S. Later today he is expected to announce that he has asked Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to lead an "election integrity" commission.
Even after his stunning election win, Trump has alleged that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally because, well, how else could Hillary win the popular vote!?
The order, to be signed Thursday, will establish a commission to review the American election system for instances of fraud and voter suppression, ABC News reported.
"The president's committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections", White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday.
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. "President Trump is trying to create a distraction from actual threats to our democracy, such as ongoing voter suppression and Russia's interference in the 2016 election".
"I have had a great relationship with the president, and I continue to advise him", Kobach said. "And several officials reportedly being considered for it are some of the most controversial and well-known advocates of voting restrictions in the country".
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. "[It] shall be exclusively advisory and shall submit a report to the President that identifies. laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections".
The commission is also charged with looking into other irregularities and problems in the voting process, including duplicate and outdated voter registrations.
Potential panel members include former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the official said. "They didn't vote for me", Mr Trump said on Jan 25.
Michael Waldman, president of the New York-based Brennan Center for Justice, said the commission was formed to "find proof of the president's absurd claim" about millions of people voting illegally. More than 1.7 million people are registered to vote in Kansas.
Kobach, for his part, claims that the commission had not been put in place to validate the president's allegations of voter fraud but would instead "go where the facts lead".