As per the executive order, the "Commission on Election Integrity" will study vulnerabilities in voting systems used for federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations, improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting.
Even True the Vote - a controversial advocacy group that mines for examples of voter fraud - claimed they have discovered only 1,264 "voter crime" convictions in the last two decades, the result of a year of exhaustive research of state and local records. "I know that he is interested in investigating the issue on a national scale, but I also know that he would like to see the Justice Department launch specific investigations where there is real serious, specific evidence of voter fraud". He has clashed repeatedly with voting rights groups and is now stuck in a contentious court battle with the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit claiming his office sought to turn back Kansas voters in violation the National Voter Registration Act. The national commission will likely find some instances of ballots being improperly cast, but without malice.
Kobach added, "I think it's probably in excess of a million. Is it on the outside or is it on the inside?" Dunlap's name was one of several floated as possible members.
He cited a 2012 study by the Pew Center on the States' Election Initiatives found problems with 24 million voter registrations, such as not removing dead voters from the rolls or failing to remove the names of those who moved out of state and registered at their new homes.
"This is a transparent attempt to justify President Trump's false claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election". Russian officials have denied such interference.
On the campaign trail a year ago, Trump alleged that the election would be "rigged" and warned, without evidence, that votes would be cast by undocumented immigrants and people using the identifications of dead voters. Trump won the presidency with a 306-232 Electoral College victory despite getting 3 million fewer popular votes than Clinton.More news: Wizards' Oubre suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Olynyk
"In the months since President Trump first made his unsubstantiated and debunked claims of massive voter fraud, he has failed to provide one shred of evidence".
But in a lunch meeting with senators in February, Trump said he and former Republican Sen.
"The president shall appoint the additional members, who shall include individuals with knowledge and experience in elections, election management, election fraud detection, and voter integrity efforts, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience that the president determines to be of value to the Commission". Kobach, who helped on the Trump transition team, is a lightning rod for critics who have accused him of extreme racism and having ties to white nationalists.
But Kobach spokeswoman Samantha Poetter says he does not plan to end his term as secretary of state early.
The ACLU, meanwhile, filed a Freedom of Information Act request Thursday "seeking information that the Trump administration is using as the basis for its voter fraud claims". A spokesman for Pence said the full commission would be announced at a later date.