It has been widely noted so many insane things have been happening at the Trump White House that it’s easy to miss important things that are not particularly sexy. One such item is the expected launch, via executive order, of an “election integrity” commission.
The commission will be charged with reviewing alleged voter fraud and voter suppression according to statements made by administration officials to ABC News.
The officials say Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be announced as Chair and Vice Chair of the ‘Presidential Commission on Election Integrity’ in a press release today.
The commission, which will include Republicans and Democrats, will be tasked with studying “vulnerabilities” in U.S. voting systems and potential effects on “improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting,” according to one official with knowledge of the announcement.
With no evidence to support his claim, Trump has consistently claimed widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election to explain Hillary Clinton’s nearly 3 million popular votes defeat of Trump.
It seems likely the greatest part of the mandate of the commission will be the find proof for Trump’s bogus allegations. That the commission will also look at voter suppression may be a way to get Democrats to participate, but that is surely not top of mind for Trump as he issues the executice order.
Days after his inauguration Trump said he would be “asking for a major investigation into voter fraud.” This appears to be it.
They won’t find anything, which means they’ll have to rely on fabrications that could potentially lead to recommendations making it even harder for legitimate voters to cast ballots.
The problem is that alternative facts can have real consequences.