Trump creates panel to investigate voter fraud

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said in a statement that "as President Trump's own lawyers have said, 'All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.' This commission, to be co-led by King of Voter Suppression Kris Kobach, is a sham". The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss details ahead of the formal announcement.

Trump said in January he would seek an investigation into voter fraud in the election, even though the consensus among state officials and election experts is that it is rare in the United States.

"In order to promote fair and honest federal elections", Trump's order tasks the panel with studying practices that "enhance the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes" or which "undermine the American people's confidence" in the same.

Potential panel members include former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the official said. Since his election victory, Trump has said multiple times that "millions" of undocumented immigrants voted in November's election.

Kobach, who has made a career out of promoting the idea that voter fraud is widespread in America, is a controversial figure, accused by voting right activists of trying to keep legally eligible residents from the polls.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Top civil rights leaders said the commission would encourage voter suppression by justifying new barriers like requiring identity cards for voting.

But in a lunch meeting with senators in February, Trump said he and former Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte would have won in New Hampshire if not for voters bused in from out of state.

Mr Trump had previously identified Mr Pence as the person to oversee the long-awaited commission.

Mr Kobach advised Mr Trump's transition team and has been a leading GOP proponent of tighter voting regulations.

"When you look at the registration and you see dead people that have voted, when you see people that are registered in two states, that have voted in two states, when you see other things, when you see illegals, people that are not citizens and they are on registration roles", Trump said. Critics contend that it suppresses voter turnout, particularly among young and minority voters, and that there have been few cases of fraud. In fact, the order is silent on addressing the security of electoral systems or cyber-enabled operations to influence elections, which became a significant area of concern during last year's presidential campaign.

The White House also confirmed that Trump signed an executive order aimed at modernizing and improving the nation's computer networks. Nor does it spell out what type of cyberattack would constitute an "act of war" or what response the attack would invite.

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