A rigged voter fraud panel

A rigged voter fraud panel

Trump's signing of the executive order creating the commission-which will identify voting policies that "enhance" or "undermine" the "American people's confidence" in elections, according to the order-has prompted concerns among voting rights advocates that the group will issue a report that will be used as cover to push restrictive laws.

In an interview Friday, Condos said Trump's commission seems more focused on limiting ballot access in order to address Trump's claim, without evidence, that millions of fraudulent votes were cast for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Despite Trump's much-scrutinized statements about voter fraud, establishing the commission appeared to be a low priority for the White House.

In an executive order titled "Establishment of presidential advisory commission on election integrity", Trump said the move was aimed at promoting "fair and honest federal elections".

"President Trump says this commission is an effort to protect voting rights but it is really an effort to suppress and intimidate African-American and other minority voters", said Richmond in a statement.

Vice President Pence will lead the commission and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, will be the vice chair. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, said in a press release that Trump's voter fraud claims have been "widely debunked". He has long claimed that there's widespread illegal voting by noncitizens in the US, despite the lack of evidence.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You take a look at the registration.

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Apart from Mr. Pence and Mr. Kobach, five other members to this bipartisan commission are Connie Lawson, Secretary of State of Indiana; Bill Gardner, Secretary of State of New Hampshire; Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State of Maine; Ken Blackwell, Former Secretary of State of OH and Christy McCormick, Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission. Heading the commission are Vice President Mike Pence, alongside Kris Kobach, Kansas' Secretary of State.

Trump's tweets came just days after the president reportedly told congressional leaders that he lost the popular vote due to undocumented immigrants fraudulently voting in the president contest.

"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.

Till date however, neither Trump nor his team has provided evidence to substantiate the claims, reports ABC News. "I don't believe I got one", he said in January.

Indeed, in the country at large, numerous studies have found that the incidence of voter impersonation in particular is vanishingly small.

Trump announced Thursday that the 15-member panel, which he will appoint, would examine cases of "improper" and "fraudulent" registration and voting.

Additional Commission members will be named at a later time.

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