Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud
00:32, May 13, 2017
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Voting rights activists are concerned that the commission will be used to justify more state legislation to impose restrictions on voting, such as strict identification requirements.
Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union voting project, said, "Signing a piece of paper will not make Trump's false statements about voter fraud true".
Many state election officials worry the commission will divert attention from some of their more serious concerns, such as aging equipment and the threat of hacking.
"The commission will review policies and practices that enhance or undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of federal elections, and provide the president with a report that identifies system vulnerabilities", Huckabee Sanders said.
Christy McCormick, a former Justice Department attorney and a member of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, will also be on the panel, and others will be named soon. Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College victory even though Clinton received nearly 3 million more votes.
Trump, who took office in January, has said that there was widespread voter fraud in the November election. Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if not for voters bused in from out of state.
Good government groups and public officials across the country are slamming the panel, formed through an executive order, as a freakish and nefarious attempt to root out pervasive voter fraud that has not been proven to exist.
Groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, called the commission rollout an unadorned attempt to distract the country from Trump's firing of FBI Director James Come amid questions about Russian meddling in the US presidential election.
"He fired the person investigating a real threat to election integrity, and set up a probe of an imaginary threat", Waldman said, referring to the FBI's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.
The bipartisan commission being established on Thursday would not be limited to investigating Trump's election fraud claims but would look at issues that had been raised over many years. It was his eighth voter fraud conviction since getting the power to pursue such cases in 2015.
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