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Is a Federal Commission on Illegal Voting Necessary? Trump Thinks So

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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-- Matt Laslo

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  • Anne
    05/15/2017
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    Proven over and over again, there is so little voter fraud. Redistricting should be investigated

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  • Gfeiste
    05/15/2017
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    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.

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  • voicepro
    05/15/2017
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    Trump is wasting taxpayers hard earned money

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  • Robin
    05/15/2017
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    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.

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  • Patrick
    05/15/2017
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    What a ruse. Voter fraud is non existent. Quit deflecting and investigate the corrupt trump administration.

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  • Nan
    05/15/2017
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    This is a waste of taxpayer money. Action needs to be taken to reduce voter suppression!

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  • Katrice
    05/15/2017
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    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.

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  • Linda
    05/15/2017
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    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.

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  • Dawn
    05/15/2017
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    No, we don't need a commission to check for nonexistent voter frauds! What a waste of money!

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  • Nancy
    05/16/2017
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    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

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  • Deborah
    05/15/2017
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    This is a waste of time and resource at the national level.

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  • Thelma
    05/16/2017
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    There is no voter fraud. This commission is an incredible waste of taxpayer money. Shame on anyone who supports this nonsense.

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  • Stacy
    05/15/2017
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    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.

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  • Mary
    05/15/2017
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    This is a waste of time and taxpayer money.

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  • GmaED
    05/15/2017
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    As an Iowa election official, I see absolutely no need for any commission to investigate voter fraud.

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  • Linda
    05/16/2017
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    There have only been a minuscule number of illegal votes in our country. The true problem that needs to be investigated is voter fraud perpetrated by the Republicans through gerrymandering and other voter methods of suppression. Even more ironic is trump's appointing Kris Kobach to his committee. Kobach is the author and perpetrator of the Crosscheck system which is supposed to prevent double voting, was so incomplete when used that thousands if not hundreds of thousands of minority legal citizens were kicked off voter rolls. It is enlightening to Google information on Kris Kobach's Crosscheck. Everything this administration does is to enrich the super rich, further his own financial interests or manipulate the public. This committee is just another example of his twisted leadership.

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  • Sandra
    05/16/2017
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    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.

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  • Kmason
    05/15/2017
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    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.

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  • Patti
    05/15/2017
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    This so called president us squandering our tax dollars and just for what? So he can pad his pockets --- I am among a growing number of people who are mad and will be coming out in droves to throw out those of you who favored party over the people!

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  • Susan
    05/16/2017
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    Absolutely not. This is just another attempt to justify the fact that POTUS lost the popular vote and support his delusions.

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