Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud
- Author: Adam Floyd May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 0:28
Sen. Patrick Leahy says that a commission assembled by President Donald Trump to investigate the integrity of U.S. federal elections has "zero credibility" and is being led by an "extremist" who is also a "birther".
That leader is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who critics say will perpetuate Trump's unsupported claims that millions of votes were fraudulently cast in the 2016 presidential election. Were they going to appoint a commission on How Trump Had the Biggest Inaugural Crowd in History while they were at it? "I don't believe I got one".
"With today's announcement we are seeing the Trump administration's continued fixation with unproven "massive voter fraud" and their concerted campaign of voter suppression". The commission will not just focus on the 2016 general election but also systemic issues over the years.
Commission members are not yet confirmed, but according to the ABC report, the following officials are being considered: New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, and U.S. Election Assistance Commissioner Christy McCormick.
Even before it was formally announced, news of the commission's launch met with a cascade of criticism from voting-rights and other organizations.
Trump, who took office in January, has said there was widespread voter fraud in the November election.More news: Kelly Ripa Tells Ryan Seacrest He Has to Host 'Idol' Reboot
Carson said the commission was being filled with "political ideologues with risky agendas".
"The president is committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections and that's exactly what this commission is tasked with doing", Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
"He fired the person investigating a real threat to election integrity, and set up a probe of an imaginary threat", Waldman said.
"In fact, my office found zero substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY a year ago, as I detailed in my letter to Congress". More than 1.7 million people are registered to vote in Kansas.
"The issue isn't voter fraud; it's voter suppression - and in places like NY, it's happening legally, as a result of our broken system".