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19 May 2017, 10:23 | Marion Schneider
Mike Pence speaking in Washington today
President Donald Trump created a commission on Thursday to investigate voter fraud and suppression, the White House said, a move that follows Trump's unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in the 2016 US election.
Trump set up the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with an executive order Thursday, appointing Vice President Mike Pence to lead the effort.
The Commission will be tasked with reviewing both the alleged widespread voter fraud, and voter suppression, in the U.S.'s electoral system. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson will also be on the commission, as will New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat, and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat.
"If President trump can not believe that the majority of Americans voted against him, he should review his own conduct instead of trying to steal the vote from millions of citizens", said Pelosi.
Christy McCormick, a former Justice Department attorney and a member of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, will also be on the panel, and others will be named soon.
It's unlikely the commission will get much cooperation or support from voting rights activists, who are concerned that the commission's report will be used to justify more state-level restrictions on voting, such as strict identification requirements. "And I fear that it will serve as pretext for the administration's efforts to roll back the voting rights so many fought so hard to obtain".
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.
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League of Women Voters President Chris Carson said, "The real goal of this effort is to justify President Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections".
The commission's report on its findings is expected sometime in 2018, Sanders said.
Mr Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College victory despite losing to Mrs Clinton by almost three million votes.
Crosscheck purged over 7 million people - majority Democratic, low-income, people of color, and many in critical swing states like North Carolina and OH - but only four people flagged by the system were ever charged with illegal voting.
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The secretary of state championed Kansas's proof-of-citizenship requirement as an anti-fraud measure that keeps non-citizens from voting, including immigrants living in the USA illegally. It was his eighth voter fraud conviction since getting the power to pursue such cases in 2015.
It's unclear why Trump is launching the investigation now, almost six months after he made his initial voter fraud claim and more than three months since he said he'd launch the "major investigation".
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