Alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the American election system will be investigated by a new ‘Presidential Commission on Election Integrity’, according to a report from ABC News.
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday in which Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will likely be announced as Chair and Vice Chair of the new commission.
The bi-partisan commission will examine the effects of “vulnerabilities” in U.S. voting systems, and how they may strike “improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting,” according to one unnamed official.
Trump has often pointed to widespread voter fraud as the reason why former contender Hillary Clinton took in nearly 3 million more popular votes than he did in the presidential election, and thus, he promised to look into the matter.
In January, when commenting on voter fraud in the 2016 election, Trump told reporters, “No matter what numbers we come up with there are going to be lots of people that did things that we’re not going to find out about.” “But we will find out, because we need a better system where that can’t happen.”
The commission’s review is expected to address systemic issues that have been raised over many years in terms of the integrity of the elections. Expected to meet for the first time this summer, the commission will eventually release report on its findings sometime in 2018.
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