Trump creates panel to investigate voter fraud

When the White House said a few months ago that it would be forming a commission to investigate voter fraud, some laughed.

Trump planned to sign an executive order creating the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, which would be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, ABC News reported.

League of Women Voters President Chris Carson, meanwhile, said, "the real objective of this effort is to justify President Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections". Bernie Sanders said that given the lack of pervasive voter fraud, "the sole goal of this commission is to propagate a myth and to give encouragement to Republican governors and state legislators to increase voter suppression".

The White House said the president's "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" would examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration in states and across the nation.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued similar statements.

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.

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Of the 23.5 million votes tabulated in the areas surveyed, election officials referred an estimated 30 incidents of suspected noncitizen voting for further prosecution or investigation, representing 0.0001% of the votes cast.

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.

The panel will aim to ensure confidence in the integrity of federal elections while looking at vulnerabilities in the system and the possibility of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration and voting, officials said.

She says the group plans to complete its work with a report to the president by 2018.

The new panel coincides with several US investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the November election, including selectively leaking hacked emails and circulating false news reports.

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