Clarke continued, "President Trump is seeking the counsel of Kansas Secretary of State Kobach, who has a proven record of advocating for discriminatory and burdensome policies that prevent members of minority communities from exercising their right to vote".
Kobach has been accused of extreme racism and having ties to white nationalists.
"The president's committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections", White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday.
Shortly after his inauguration in January, Trump said he would be "asking for a major investigation into voter fraud". "All studies, including our own, have shown that voter fraud is vanishingly rare". The vice chair will be Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has backed tough voter ID laws and taken a tough stance on immigration, according to Politico.
Trump's commission comes in the wake of allegations by this president that "millions" voted illegally in 2016, thus denying him the majority of the popular vote.
The intent of the commission, which will include both Republicans and Democrats, will be to study "vulnerabilities" in USA voting systems.
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Kobach claimed there were over 100 cases of voter fraud.
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
President Trump will be signing an executive order to begin an investigation into allegations of voter fraud. Improper or fraudulent registrations, voting fraud and voter suppression are among the issues the commission will study, they said.
Hillary Clinton received about 2.8 million more votes than Trump but he won the election by amassing more electoral votes through close victories in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
In a lunch meeting with senators in February, Trump said that he and former Republican Sen.
"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 a statement.
In a statement before Trump signed his order, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (D) said that "no matter how many times President Trump claims otherwise, voter fraud is an imaginary problem".