Trump to launch panel to investigate voter fraud

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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at that time that President Trump "does believe that" millions of illegal votes were cast in the presidential election - citing "studies and information" that were presented to him as the basis of this belief.

"The Commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of Federal elections", a White House official reportedly told the Daily Caller.

"This voter commission is a clear front for constricting the access to vote to poor Americans, older Americans, and - above all - African Americans and Latinos", Schumer said in a statement. 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. And Kris Kobach has been the mastermind behind these really awful immigration laws that the court have thrown out.

The panel will aim to ensure confidence in the integrity of federal elections while looking at vulnerabilities in the system and the possibility of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration and voting, officials said.

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The trouble is who is leading that commission: Vice President Mike Pence and, more importantly, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Rather, he hopes to find excuses for his failure to win the popular vote in November (a loss he blamed at the time on "millions of people who voted illegally"). Last week he announced his ninth voter fraud conviction - a man by the name of Preston Glen Christensen who voted in both Texas and Kansas - since July 2015 when he says he began prosecuting the cases. His critics say his crusade to pursue cases of voter ID fraud amounts to voter suppression.

Minnite wrote a book in 2010 titled "The Myth of Voter Fraud".

Eric Schneiderman, the state attorney general for NY, said Trump is tackling "an imaginary problem" and several other civil liberty groups voiced objections to Kobach's appointment to lead the commission.

"I'm very excited and honored to have this opportunity to serve the country", said Kobach, who explained that Trump first asked him to serve on the commission in February.

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Trump, without evidence, has said that three to five million people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election - similar to the margin of Clinton's popular vote victory over Trump.

"We are not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump, but we are open to learning more about the Administration's concerns", the National Association of Secretaries of State said in January in a statement. Voting machines in many jurisdictions around the nation are outdated, and lines at polling places can stretch discouragingly long. Russian officials have denied such interference. With or without this federal panel, the issue of voter fraud is one that can showcase how two people may live in the United States of America, but they seem to inhabit completely different universes when it comes to evaluating the threat of voter fraud.

He said he was sending his application for the commission Thursday and hoped to be selected, albeit as a skeptical voice.

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