In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox News, President Trump announced plans for Vice President Pence to lead a commission investigating voter registration fraud.
“You take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people … it’s really a bad situation. . . . I’m going to set up a commission, to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence, and we’re going to look at it very, very carefully,” he said.
Election integrity groups say a private effort simply cannot do the job of thoroughly vetting all states’ voter rolls nationwide, whereas it would be fairly simple for a federal task force to do an initial analysis of the data.
“For the president of the United States to hope for a private answer to this question, he’s going to be waiting long after he leaves office,” said Logan Churchwell, research director at the nonpartisan Public Interest Legal Foundation. “If you want to answer this question, the only people who can answer it are federal bureaucrats with security clearances. . . . if the administration is waiting to see that kind of research is done in the nonprofit sphere or some other research entity, it’s not going to happen. It has to be an interagency task force [by the federal government].”
The government watchdog group Judicial Watch said a “full-scale, nonpartisan federal voter fraud investigation is long overdue.”
“Initially, such an investigation would be a simple matter of analyzing voter registration databases against federal databases of aliens and deceased individuals,” the group said.