Anal­y­sis: Trump com­mis­sion failed to find voter fraud

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY MA­RINA VIL­LENEUVE As­so­ci­ated Press

The now-dis­banded vot­ing in­tegrity com­mis­sion launched by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to in­ves­ti­gate the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion un­cov­ered no ev­i­dence to sup­port the pres­i­dent’s claims of wide­spread voter fraud, ac­cord­ing to an anal­y­sis of ad­min­is­tra­tion doc­u­ments.

Demo­crat Matthew Dun­lap on Fri­day re­leased over 1,000 doc­u­ments the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had for­warded to him to com­ply with a court or­der. He wrote to Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and Kansas Sec­re­tary of State Kris Kobach, both Re­pub­li­cans, that the doc­u­ments show there was a “pre-or­dained out­come.” Pence was chair of the com­mis­sion and Kobach was vice chair.

In his let­ter, Dun­lap said that drafts of a com­mis­sion re­port in­cluded a sec­tion on ev­i­dence of voter fraud that was “glar­ingly empty.”

“It’s call­ing into the dark­ness, look­ing for voter fraud,” Dun­lap, a Demo­crat, told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “There’s no real ev­i­dence of it any­where.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump con­vened the com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion af­ter mak­ing un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims that be­tween 3 mil­lion and 5 mil­lion bal­lots were il­le­gally cast. Crit­ics, in­clud­ing Dun­lap, re­ject his claims of wide­spread voter fraud.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion last month com­plied with a court or­der to turn over doc­u­ments from the vot­ing in­tegrity com­mis­sion to Dun­lap. The com­mis­sion met just twice and has not is­sued a re­port.

Dun­lap’s find­ings re­ceived im­me­di­ate push­back Fri­day from Kobach.

“For some peo­ple, no mat­ter how many cases of voter fraud you show them, there will never be enough for them to ad­mit that there’s a prob­lem,” said Kobach, who is run­ning for Kansas gov­er­nor and has a good chance of un­seat­ing the in­cum­bent, Jeff Colyer, in the Re­pub­li­can pri­mary Tues­day.

“It ap­pears that Sec­re­tary Dun­lap is will­fully blind to the voter fraud in front of his nose,” Kobach said in a state­ment re­leased by his spokesman.

Kobach said there have been more than 1,000 con­vic­tions for voter fraud since 2000, and that the com­mis­sion pre­sented 8,400 in­stances of dou­ble vot­ing in the 2016 elec­tion in 20 states.

“Had the com­mis­sion done the same anal­y­sis of all 50 states, the num­ber would have been ex­po­nen­tially higher,” Kobach said.

In re­sponse, Dun­lap said those fig­ures were never brought be­fore the com­mis­sion, and that Kobach hasn’t pre­sented any ev­i­dence for his claims of dou­ble vot­ing. He said the com­mis­sion was pre­sented with a re­port claim­ing over 1,000 con­vic­tions for var­i­ous forms of voter mis­con­duct since 1948.

“The plu­ral of anec­dote is not data,” Dun­lap said in his Fri­day let­ter to the com­mis­sion’s lead­ers.

Pence’s of­fice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Fri­day.

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