Trump's Investigation Into Voter Fraud Is About To Get Underway

The Trump administration is starting its voter fraud investigation in July. But there's no known evidence of widespread voter fraud in the U.S.
Posted at 8:17 PM, Jun 29, 2017

President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is set to meet for the first time in July.

The commission was founded in May after Trump repeatedly made claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. There's no known evidence to support those claims.

The commission's main goals are to come up with recommendations that will increase the public's confidence in the election system and look for forms of voter fraud.

And to meet that goal, the commission's vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to all 50 states and Washington, D.C., asking for voter roll information.

The information on voter rolls that the commission is asking for is largely publicly available already and includes: names, birthdays, the last four digits of a voter's Social Security number, any party affiliations and voting history.

Kobach also asked each state to respond to a few questions. Those questions ranged from what federal election laws states would like to change to whether they had any evidence of voter fraud.

Kobach has echoed Trump's claims that millions voted illegally. In February, he told Fox Business there was "a lot of evidence" of non-citizens voting. But none of that evidence has been made public.

But there's not much in the way of evidence of widespread voter fraud in U.S. elections. 

There is evidence of isolated voter fraud, but it's nowhere near the millions of false votes the administration is worried about. Only a few hundred people appear to have broken voting rules in 2016.