Merrill Blasts Trump's Voter Fraud Commission


Trump, without evidence, has said that three to five million people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election - similar to the margin of Clinton's popular vote victory over Trump. His vice chair will be Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is known as an anti-immigration zealot and crusader against voter fraud.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, in a tweet, said, "My office found zero substantiated claims of voter fraud in NY past year".

Kobach announced on Fox News last month that he wasn't leaving his job, putting an end to months of speculation that he'd join the Trump administration.

Tasked with examining the registration and voting processes used in federal elections, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity must submit a report to Trump on practices that enhance and undermine Americans' confidence in voting integrity.

The soon-to-be assembled commission will be composed of Republican and Democrat state election officials and other experts. President Trump has been adamant that 3-5 million people voted illegally last November - but his supporters have offered up nothing near that level of fraud.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, will be the vice chairman under Pence. So what's the response been?

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"I suspect they will remain unsubstantiated claims", he said referring to Trump. So even before the president signed the law, it was being condemned strongly by voting rights groups and Democrats.

The move provoked anger among top US civil rights groups and Democratic lawmakers, who called it a voter suppression tactic.

Since the non-problem of in-person voter fraud - Kobach has convicted all of nine Kansans of this crime - is inflated to push through laws that disenfranchise, this whole commission isn't just unnecessary but wrong. And they're eager to see what the commission comes up with.

"With all the controversy over some of the president's statements about elections, this may be a situation where you want to be at the table to help with the story", Dunlap said.

The report, which officials said should be completed by 2018, must also include information on the vulnerabilities in federal voting systems that could lead to improper voter registrations and voter fraud. So many election officials think that this is really going to be a waste of time and money. And neither of those issues is likely to be addressed. Even some conservatives admit that such laws, which make it more hard for people of color, people with low incomes, and young people-who are all less likely to have photo ID like drivers licenses or passports-to vote, are actually about winning elections for the GOP. Thank you very much.