Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Donald Trump to launch panel to investigate voter fraud

Alfredo Watts | 19 May, 2017, 06:55

President Donald Trump, who has claimed without evidence that his opponent won the popular vote previous year because of fraud, signed a directive Thursday establishing a commission to examine improper voting and voter suppression in federal elections.

Trump has repeatedly insisted, without evidence, that 3 million to 5 million illegal votes were cast for his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that sets up a commission to review his controversial allegations of widespread voter fraud, along with reports of voter suppression. At the time, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the investigation wouldn't just be about the 2016 election, but "about the integrity of our voting system". Trump announced in January that he would seek an investigation into voter fraud in the election, even though the consensus among state officials is that it is rare, according to Reuters.

Democratic Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub asked Mr. Trump in a letter to disclose evidence of his charges of voter fraud presidential election.

"I have had a great relationship with the president, and I continue to advise him", Kobach said.

State election officials across the U.S. have disputed his claim.

ACLU's Voting Rights Project director said: "President Trump is attempting to spread his own fake news about election integrity".

Membership of the commission is still taking shape but so far already includes Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and the commissioner of the election assistance commission Christie McCormick.

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".

The president claimed that he and Ayotte both would have been victorious in the Granite State if not for the "thousands" of people who were "brought in on buses" from neighboring MA to "illegally" vote in New Hampshire.

So what this order does is something that's never really been done before and that is establishing national nationwide entity to collect data on the issue of voter fraud and election integrity. The commission will also investigate potential voter suppression, which may entice Democrats.

The commission, chaired by the vice president, will "study the registration and voting processes used in federal elections", the document said.