Trump's New 'Voter Fraud Panel' Headed By Leading Nativist

Trump's New 'Voter Fraud Panel' Headed By Leading Nativist

Other Democrats criticized the creation of Trump's new commission altogether, saying that it "intended to perpetuate the president's false claim that millions voted illegally in November", Raw Story reported.

As per the executive order, the "Commission on Election Integrity" will study vulnerabilities in voting systems used for federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations, improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting.

The newly formed body, called the "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity", will be spearheaded by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach-who will serve as chair and vice chair, respectively.

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.

"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", said Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.

Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The commission will dissolve 30 days after it submits the report.

"I think the president-elect is absolutely correct when he says the number of illegal votes cast exceeds the popular vote margin between him and Hillary Clinton at this point", Kobach told a group of reporters.

23 meeting with top congressional leaders, the president claimed that between 3 million and 5 million undocumented immigrants illegally voted in November's election.

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 US illegally. The American Civil Liberties Union, now suing Kobach's office over a Kansas law that requires proof of citizenship in order to register to vote, requested the release of the documents Kobach brought to his meeting with Trump. Schneiderman said his office found no substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY a year ago. But after a review by state elections officials, there wasn't much to see. Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College victory even though Clinton received almost 3 million more votes.

Since the non-problem of in-person voter fraud - Kobach has convicted all of nine Kansans of this crime - is inflated to push through laws that disenfranchise, this whole commission isn't just unnecessary but wrong.

The commission will also study concerns about voter suppression, as well as other voting irregularities.

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