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Trump to launch panel to investigate voter fraud

Trump has alleged 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. He has vowed since the start of his administration to investigate voter fraud.

world Updated: May 11, 2017 22:21 IST
US Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Washington on Thursday. Pence and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach will lead the commission looking at allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration.
US Vice President Mike Pence speaks in Washington on Thursday. Pence and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach will lead the commission looking at allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration.(AP)

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression in the US election system, White House officials said.

Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach will lead the commission, which will look at allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration in states and across the nation, one official said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to discuss details ahead of the formal announcement.

Trump has alleged, without evidence, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton. He has vowed since the start of his administration to investigate voter fraud, a process that has been delayed for months. During his campaign, Trump repeatedly alleged that the election system was “rigged” and after his election argued that such massive, widespread fraud kept him from the popular vote.

Trump won the presidency with an Electoral College victory despite losing to Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.

The commission will include Republicans and Democrats and be composed of current and former state election officials and other experts, the White House official said.

The panel will aim to ensure confidence in the integrity of federal elections while looking at vulnerabilities in the system and the possibility of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration and voting, the official said.

Potential panel members include former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell and Indiana secretary of state Connie Lawson, the official said.