Sunday, May 14, 2017

Good Trump: Trump launches commission on election fraud

One party insists that voter fraud creates a significant enough problem to warrant new laws requiring identification at the polls. The other insists that voter fraud is a figment of the other’s imagination. A new bipartisan commission could settle the question, and its launch by Donald Trump in an executive order yesterday fulfills a major campaign pledge:
The commission will be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will serve as vice chair, the White House announced during Thursday’s press briefing.
It will “study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections” as well as “fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting,” the order says.
Lawmakers from both parties will be on the commission, which will be tasked with studying practices and policies “that undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections,” according to the text of the executive order.
The commission will be charged with reviewing Trump’s allegations that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
That will certainly be the initial focus of the commission, and Kobach might especially have reason to push that angle. Kobach alleged that over a million fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election. That would still be less than the “millions” Trump claims, and would be fewer than 1% of the overall vote. Depending on where those votes got cast, though, it could have been enough to impact the election, even if not the popular vote, as Trump claims. Several states only got decided by fewer than 100,000 votes, including all of the so-called “blue wall” states that went to Trump.
Read the rest from Ed Morrissey HERE and follow links to related stories below:

Trump’s Commission On Election Integrity Is Long Overdue

Trump To Sign Executive Order Pushing Investigation Of Voter Fraud

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