White House commission to study voter fraud, suppression

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

The claims continued after the election, with Trump claiming that voter fraud kept him from winning the popular vote over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The president named Vice President Mike Pence to lead the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and named a bipartisan group of members that includes chief state election officials.

Kobach has been accused of extreme racism and having ties to white nationalists.

The President has said several times that there were between 3-5 million illegal votes in 2016, but he has not offered up - the White House has not offered up - his backers haven't offered up any evidence to support that claim.

When democracy is limited, politicians lose their accountability, and issues that affect the lives of the American people lose their relevance in the corridors of power.

Last week, the Brennan Center for Justice said it studied jurisdictions accounting for 23.5 million votes in the 2016 election, and those jurisdictions reported an estimated 30 instances of suspected non-citizens voting.

"The Commission shall, consistent with applicable law, study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections", it says.

"[Trump] is still trying to push his false reality on the American public", said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.

All in all, the commission will aim to ensure confidence in the integrity of federal elections and hope to give a peace of mind to all those who are still concerned about this matter - AKA the President and literally no one else.

When the White House said a few months ago that it would be forming a commission to investigate voter fraud, some laughed.

Trump, who took office in January, has said there was widespread voter fraud in the November election.

President Trump on Thursday launched a long-promised commission on "election integrity", rekindling a controversy over the prevalence of voter fraud at USA polls.

The Utah Republican said his committee will not be investigating voter fraud.

While Mr Trump won the election by 304 electoral college votes to 227, Mrs Clinton comfortably won the popular vote, receiving around 2.9 million more votes than Mr Trump nationwide - a statistic that Mr Trump is said to be irritated by and still does not accept.

Instead, once reporters were ushered out of the room, Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Thursday to learn why President Donald Trump thinks there is voter fraud.

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