Trump Signs Executive Order Launching Voter Fraud Commission

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Courts struck down several provisions of these laws.

Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, will be the vice chairman under Pence.

Trump claimed, without evidence, that three to five million people voted illegally in his 2016 campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Kobach's critics have argued that he's exaggerating the issue of voter fraud. More than 1.7 million people are registered to vote in Kansas.

"President Trump says this commission is an effort to protect voting rights but it is really an effort to suppress and intimidate African-American and other minority voters", said Richmond in a statement. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's frequently said there are threats from non-citizens voting. The commission is going to study the voting system and try and identify any problems, such as fraud or improper registrations, that might undermine public confidence. The commission will also include former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican, and U.S. Elections Assistance Commission member Christie McCormick.

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Before the vote, Trump claimed the electoral system was "rigged" against him and suggested he might challenge the results if he lost.

Dunlap, who has been Maine's secretary of state since 2013 and previously served in that role from 2005 to 2011, said Thursday he agrees that fraudulent voting, which he described as a person impersonating another voter, is rare. Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if not for voters bused in from out of state. The commission is expected to issue a report in 2018.

The move comes six months after the election - but with a White House in crisis, as Washington and the nation continue to reel from Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this week.

"When Attorney General Jeff Sessions led a similar effort as a former prosecutor in Alabama, it had a chilling effect on the black vote", said Kristen Clarke, the head of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Donald Trump still can't understand how he got this job. "I hope that this investigation is not a fig leaf for voter suppression and intimidation". "The experts and officials on this commission will follow the facts where they lead", Huckabee Sanders said. He also advised the Trump transition team and has been ordered to turn over proposals he took to a meeting with Trump.

Kobach championed Kansas' tough proof of citizenship requirement as a way to keep non-citizens from voting.

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