Shortly after his inauguration in January, Trump began repeating unfounded claims that 3-5 million people had voted illegally. Of course, with such alleged voter fraud, he promised to create a task force to look into the integrity of America’s electoral system, reports Pema Levy.
Trump made good on this promise in May, signing an executive order creating a voter fraud commission, with Vice President Mike Pence as its chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, as its vice chair.
“In June, the commission created an uproar when Kobach sent letters to all 50 states requesting extensive personal information from states’ voter files. Nearly all states have refused to comply in full with the request,” notes Levy.
But the process has been “cloaked in secrecy,” says Theresa Lee, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, which is suing President Trump, Vice President Pence and the commission, on the grounds that the commission’s credibility and intent are not only troubling but that its secretive process is, in fact, in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The 1972 law was passed to ensure public accountability and fairness in terms of the points of view represented on committees such as these.