Trump to Implement Commission on "Election Integrity"

US Vice President Mike Pence

US Vice President Mike Pence speaking in Washington

He worked a year ago to disqualify the state and local votes of thousands of people who did not meet the criteria.

"Perhaps we will be surprised and this Commission will ignore President Trump and Kris Kobach's corrosive conspiracy theories and instead devote serious attention to actual threats to our democracy - like restrictive voting laws motivated by racial animus, or hacking and propaganda campaigns waged by our foreign adversaries". Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Brennan Center released a report last week analyzing information from local election administrators in jurisdictions with the highest populations of noncitizens, and its findings counter Trump's claims.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Thursday he has been asked to serve on an election fraud commission that is being spearheaded by President Donald Trump. "In the lead up to the November 2016 election, secretaries of state expressed their confidence in the systemic integrity of our election process as a bipartisan group, and they stand behind that statement today".

After winning the election, Trump singled out several states and claimed fraud in their voting system, but officials in those states insisted that his claims were unfounded.

In Kobach, Trump also chose someone who supports his claim of massive vote fraud in the 2016 election. Trump has said he lost the popular vote because "millions of people" voted illegally, although his claims are so far unsubstantiated.

Voting experts and both Democrats and Republicans have said there is no evidence to suggest that millions of people voted illegally, including Jason Chaffetz, the House oversight committee chairman.

Kobach is one of the biggest promoters of the myth there is a widespread conspiracy of in-person voter fraud. Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if not for voters bused in from out of state.

While most of us were distracted by the firing of the former FBI Director James Comey, the order named Vice President Mike Pence as the chair of the "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity".

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, which is made up of five civil rights organizations, voiced concerns about this executive order. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow sought to tilt the election in Trump's favor. "I hope that this investigation is not a fig leaf for voter suppression and intimidation".

Kobach was an early Trump supporter and has advised Trump on immigration and voting issues.

Kobach's critics have argued that he's exaggerating the issue of voter fraud.

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