Voter smoke and mirrors

Voter smoke and mirrors

By Kristina Rosengren

A voter integrity commission, tasked with figuring out how US President Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election, has held its inaugural meeting.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity was established following unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud by Mr Trump, who said he lost the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally.

But experts believe there is little evidence to support the idea that voter fraud is prevalent within the US.

While Mr Trump won the Electoral College vote in a landslide last year, his opponent Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of three million ballots.

The new integrity commission’s panel is led in part by Kansas secretary Kris Kobach, a man who democrats have said consistently and falsely claims that voter fraud exists.

Adding to the growing controversy surrounding the commission’s existence and role, is Mr Kobach’s call for all US states to provide personal voter information from public files, including sensitive intelligence such as addresses, partial social security numbers and voting patterns.

So far, more than 30 states have complied, but others are meeting the order with stiff resistance and multiple law suits.

The American Civil Liberties Union, who has met the panel with their own lawsuit, believes the commission is biased and not transparent enough.

“The Trump administration are launching a nationwide assault on voting rights,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s voting right project.

 

 

But Mr Trump is confident there are irregularities in America’s voting system

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