Alan King, a Democrat who is a probate judge from Jefferson County in Alabama, said he has not seen evidence of voter fraud - but said local governments need help from Congress to keep up with changing technology. "This Commission was formed as the result of delusion, conspiracy theories, and truly 'fake news, ' but it is having a very real and dramatically chilling effect on voter participation".
President Donald Trump kicked off the first meeting of his voter fraud panel Wednesday by questioning the motives of NY and other states refusing to comply with its request for extensive voter information.
As vice chairman for the committee, Kobach has defended some of Trump's most outrageous, erroneous claims: for example, that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 election, costing him the popular vote.
"We're protecting our voting rights because we know, based on who is in charge of this commission, what their end game is and how this data maybe used and abused to justify rolling back voting rights in the United States of America".
"Let's suppose that the commission determined there was a certain number of votes cast by ineligible voters, you still won't know whether those people who are ineligible voted for Trump or Clinton or somebody else", he said.
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On Tuesday, four top Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Pence requesting Kobach's removal from the commission, and more than 70 lawmakers signed a letter to Kobach urging him to withdraw his request due to security and privacy concerns.
Though Vice President Mike Pence-the commission's chair-claimed the group had no "preconceived notions" about where their probe would lead, several members of the group have a record of pushing voter restrictions.
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is already off to a rough start.
Trump said the commission will "protect" the nation's democracy and "uphold the integrity of the ballot".
"This issue is very important to me", Trump said.
Republican and Democratic officials in 44 states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide the voter fraud commission with all of the voter roll information it requested. Some voters have also requested confidential status, which means their names will be removed when the state releases public voter information.
"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and MS is a great state to launch from", Hosemann said in a statement. This project includes Heritage's extensive database of voter fraud cases across the country.