White House Expected To Announce Voting Fraud Commission

The real goal of this effort is to justify President Trumps' false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections.

Democrats and the American Civil Liberties Union criticized the commission, saying it will likely lead to more barriers for minority and low-income voters.

"If President trump can not believe that the majority of Americans voted against him, he should review his own conduct instead of trying to steal the vote from millions of citizens", said Pelosi.

Kobach insists that this effort wasn't launched to prove that voter fraud is sweeping the nation: "The commission does not begin with foregone conclusions". He sparked a political firestorm on Tuesday when he fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey.

White House aides said the scope of the commission, chaired by Vice President Pence, will reach beyond allegations of voter fraud to include voter suppression and other suspect election practices, and would include members of both major political parties. It will be tasked with reporting its findings sometime next year.

The new commission will spend months investigating the voting system and ultimately submit a report to Trump.

"This commission is not a credible effort to improve our elections or their integrity", said Wendy Weiser, director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program.

So @realDonaldTrump is taking his make-believe, fact-free stories of voter fraud to a whole new level.

Despite all of the noise President Trump has made in regard to voter fraud and claims of "millions of people" voting illegally, only four cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election have been confirmed. Improper or fraudulent registrations, voting fraud and voter suppression are among the issues the commission will study, they said.

President Trump has claimed without evidence that millions of illegal votes were cast in last year's election, and he has said he would order an investigation.

Kobach, who consulted Trump during the transition, got his first taste of Washington during a stint as an immigration law adviser in the George W. Bush administration. Even some conservatives admit that such laws, which make it more hard for people of color, people with low incomes, and young people-who are all less likely to have photo ID like drivers licenses or passports-to vote, are actually about winning elections for the GOP.

Kobach's appointment to the co-chair the commission will certainly be controversial.

Voter fraud, of course, is extremely rare, and in the few cases that do exist, voter ID requirements are unlikely to stop it. But it's a stretch to imagine that's where this is going.

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