Trump to Order Commission on Fraudulent Voting in Elections

Kobach supported Trump's unfounded claim that

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Earlier on Thursday, Trump signed an executive order to create the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He reiterated the claim. It didn't take long for Democrats to blast the President's decision to set up this election fraud review, as they charge Republicans are simply looking for ways to suppress the votes of their political opponents. "They didn't vote for me", Mr Trump said on Jan 25. He said no one had offered evidence, and in an interview with CNN's Brooke Baldwin, he blasted the White House's claim.

The commission is expected to look at irregularities that affect federal elections, including fraudulent and duplicate registrations, illegal voting and vote suppression.

Potential panel members include former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the official said.

In a statement, Grimes said that the commission will "no doubt serve as a tool to further real and serious Republican attacks on American voting rights and leave eligible voters disenfranchised".

"The integrity of our elections is an foundational issue, but any commission led by an extremist like Kris Kobach - a "birther" whose attempts to restrict voting rights have repeatedly been struck down in federal court - has zero credibility", he said. Kobach has long claimed that there's widespread illegal voting by noncitizens in the USA, despite the lack of evidence.

Democratic National Committee Tom Perez, however, slammed new commission on election integrity, calling it "nothing but a Trump-sponsored propaganda factory for justifying the GOP's broader voter suppression efforts and nursing the president's wounded ego after he lost the popular vote". Commission members' views on elections are well known and have been discredited as political ideologues with unsafe agendas.

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"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".

More recently, Kobach has focused his attention on combating voter fraud by making it harder to register to vote and by prosecuting alleged instances of voter fraud.

The secretary of state championed Kansas' proof-of-citizenship requirement as an anti-fraud measure that keeps noncitizens from voting, including immigrants living in the US illegally.

Kobach's appointment could shatter any bipartisan support the administration may be hoping for.

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 MA to "illegally" vote in New Hampshire.

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