by Countable | 5.15.17
President Donald Trump is setting up a national commission to examine his unsubstantiated claim that millions of people illegally cast ballots in the last election. Hillary Clinton beat Trump by around three million votes nationally, but the Constitution tasks the Electoral College with deciding elections based on a state’s number of members in the U.S. House, plus their two senators. Trump won the Electoral College 304-227.
The commission will be headed up by Vice President Mike Pence and will include about a dozen other members. Their mandate is to investigate whether illegal voting, voter fraud, and voter suppression took place. Democrats say the commission is unnecessary because the president and Republicans have offered no proof to back up their claims.
“It’s a right wing myth that they keep perpetuating every couple of years. What the Republican Party should do, including the administration, in the next election is go out and work on getting people’s votes instead of trying to prevent them from voting,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) told Countable who says he thinks the president is trying to suppress people’s right to vote. “Oh I think it’s an effort directly to that for sure.”
Some Republicans are welcoming the commission. “I think voter fraud is a problem, I hadn’t given the commission idea much attention, but I think voter fraud is a serious problem,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) told Countable. He used to run the Senate Republican campaign arm, but, like the president, he could offer no proof of mass voter fraud in any election.
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Proven over and over again, there is so little voter fraud. Redistricting should be investigated
I don't believe voter fraud is an issue, and this is a distraction play. I do believe gerrymandering and voter suppression is an issue and should be addressed and stopped completely. In addition, I would like to see Citizens United dark money stopped, and lobbyists banned from Congress and the White House.
Trump is wasting taxpayers hard earned money
First, there should be at least circumstantial evidence before a commission is set up. Then, Mike pence heading up such a commission would be a conflict of interest. It would need to be an independent commission.
What a ruse. Voter fraud is non existent. Quit deflecting and investigate the corrupt trump administration.
This is a waste of taxpayer money. Action needs to be taken to reduce voter suppression!
Don't vote for this nonsense. It's just another way to waste your constituents tax money, the American people and governments time and take the light off of voter suppression by government at every level. If America wants to be the democracy it claims to be then various government officials at every level of government need to stop creating and supporting laws and tactics to suppress votes of anybody who isn't white, male, straight & rich.
No, we don't need a commission to check for nonexistent voter frauds! What a waste of money!
Federal action on illegal voting is a complete waste of taxpayer money as well as a not so hidden attempt at even more voter suppression.
This is an example of him hurling accusations on twitter with no basis. Not to mention, voter suppression is a bigger problem than voter fraud
This is a waste of time and resource at the national level.
There is no voter fraud. This commission is an incredible waste of taxpayer money. Shame on anyone who supports this nonsense.
The only thing that should be investigated is Trump's ties to Russia. Why is this incompetent asshole still President? He's a disgrace to our country and an international embarrassment.
This is a waste of time and taxpayer money.
As an Iowa election official, I see absolutely no need for any commission to investigate voter fraud.
Absolutely not. This is just another attempt to justify the fact that POTUS lost the popular vote and support his delusions.
This is a waste of time and money. Voter fraud is not an issue. If we're going to address voting issues then let's look at voter suppression and gerrymandering.
Wasting taxpayer money on something we all know is not a problem is insanity. Use the money we have to actually make a difference! Everyone knows that this is a ploy to make it look like Trump is actually doing something but it's really just another conspiracy theory made up by a paranoid egotistical maniac. Just like the one about President Obama tapping his wires. What we really need is to have someone tapping his wires now to keep him from getting us into a nuclear war.
There is no comment that can fully describe how dumb I think this commission is. We should be spending taxpayer money on important things like climate change research, or the Russia investigation.