The Problem with Pence and Voter Fraud

Trump's illegal-voting probe is already dubious, but with Mike Pence in charge, it's even worse.

February 7, 2017

Cross-posted from U.S. News & World Report.

Despite immediate backlash to his assertion that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election, including from members of his own party, President Donald Trump is still pressing the issue. He announced Sunday that Vice President Mike Pence will lead a commission to investigate supposed widespread voter fraud, which would mean using federal resources to look into thoroughly debunked claims.

Election integrity is critically important, and of course, there are independent, responsible and research-based methods of examining how to improve our elections. Given his recent history as governor of Indiana, however, Pence does not inspire confidence that this new voter fraud investigation will lead to better administration of our elections.

Weeks prior to the 2016 election, Indiana State Police raided the office of Patriot Majority USA, a voter registration organization focusing on boosting African-American registration and turnout. The group had registered 45,000 people and was the largest registration drive in the state. Even though Patriot Majority said it had affirmatively flagged irregular voter forms for clerks to examine, state police opted to seek and execute a search warrant in response to complaints the group had fraudulently registered voters.

Read the full story on U.S. News & World Report.

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