Trump to Appoint Notorious Vote Suppressor Kobach to ‘Sham’ Election Commission | Common Dreams

President Donald Trump on Thursday is expected to sign an executive order creating a new commission on election integrity and will reportedly appoint “notorious vote suppressor” Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to help lead the panel, prompting what amounted to a collective gasp of horror from voting rights advocates.

Kobach, a Republican, is expected to be named vice chair of the commission and will serve under chair Vice President Mike Pence, according to ABC News, which quoted multiple senior officials.

The bipartisan commission “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,” ABC News reported.

Its creation follows a series of unsubstantiated claims by the president that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, blasted the announcement as “a distraction from actual threats to our democracy, such as ongoing voter suppression and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”

via Trump to Appoint Notorious Vote Suppressor Kobach to ‘Sham’ Election Commission | Common Dreams

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