Trump Forms Commission on Election Integrity After Claiming Widespread Voter Fraud in 2016

Nearly six months after making allegations of widespread voter fraud despite presenting no evidence to support his claims, President Donald Trump will reportedly sign an executive order establishing a commission on election integrity on Thursday.

According to ABC News, the “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity” will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

One administration official told ABC News that the commission will not solely focus on the president’s voter fraud allegations, but it will also address “systemic issues that have been raised over many years in terms of the integrity of the elections.”

President Trump first made his as-of-yet unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in a tweet on November 27:

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump announced his intention to request a “major investigation into VOTER FRAUD”:

According to Politico, President Trump also made allegations of voter fraud during a closed-door meeting with a group of senators slated to discuss the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Instead, once reporters were ushered out of the room, Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte had been the victims of voter fraud:

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 Massachusetts to “illegally” vote in New Hampshire.

According to one participant who described the meeting, “an uncomfortable silence” momentarily overtook the room.

Although the president’s past election concerns have largely focused on voter fraud, the new commission is expected to also address voter suppression — a move that is expected to help get Democrats on board with the idea.

Despite all of the noise President Trump has made in regard to voter fraud and claims of “millions of people” voting illegally, only four cases of voter fraud in the 2016 election have been confirmed.

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Source: IJR



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