Maine Democrat to take part in Trump's voter fraud probe

Trump To Establish Vote Fraud Commission

One administration official told ABC News that the commission will not exclusively focus on the president's voter fraud allegations, but it will also address "systemic issues that have been raised over many years in terms of the integrity of the elections".

Dunlap, who is a past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said he's been told that secretaries of state in New Hampshire, Indiana and Kansas have also been asked to serve on the commission, which is due to be announced sometime today. "[It] shall be exclusively advisory and shall submit a report to the President that identifies. laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections". It is incumbent upon all Americans to stand up and challenge the lies that Republicans like Trump and Kobach use to limit the our most basic and fundamental civil right.

The creation of the panel coincides with several US investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the November election, including selectively leaking hacked emails and circulating false news reports, that USA intelligence agencies have concluded was an effort by Moscow to tilt the election in Trump's favor. "He fired the person investigating a real threat to election integrity, and set up a probe of an imaginary threat".

"The President-elect has been talking to different people, including Kris Kobach of Kansas, about voting irregularities or the number of illegal votes that may have been cast", Conway said.

Although Trump in November won a majority of the Electoral College votes that determine the victor of the presidential election under the USA constitution, Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton received 3 million more of the individual votes cast in the election than he did.

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Hillary Clinton received about 2.8 million more votes than Trump but he won the election by amassing more electoral votes through close victories in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

She says the group plans to complete its work with a report to the president by 2018. "There is no evidence - zero - of widespread voter fraud", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL). USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow sought to tilt the election in Trump's favor.

"Further, it's extremely hard to see how Trump's proposed commission can be objective and impartial given Secretary Kobach's leadership role".

Kobach has headed a campaign to require that voters show proof of citizenship when registering, something voting rights groups have fought in court, claiming that it's discriminatory and unnecessary.

Critics contend it suppresses voter turnout, particularly among young and minority voters, and that there have been few cases of fraud. 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".

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