As the president’s commission on voter integrity formally begins work, it is clear that members don’t see eye to eye on the key question facing the panel: Is there widespread fraud at the ballot box?
Some of President Donald Trump’s appointees say yes, including its vice chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; others on the commission argue certainly not and want to focus on issues like upgrading aging voting systems and encouraging registration.
Vice President Mike Pence, the group’s chairman, said the 12-person advisory panel was formed to study voting issues without “preconceived notions or preordained results,” as he put it during the commission’s first public meeting earlier this month. Pence barely touched on fraud during his introductory remarks.
The commission intends to issue a report to the president with its recommendations at some point. Let’s meet the seven Republicans and five Democrats serving on the panel and see where they stand on fraud.
Vice President Mike Pence, Chairman
Pence, a Republican, is the former governor of Indiana. Trump tapped him to lead the commission in May when he signed an executive order establishing the panel. While he was governor, Pence was criticized for signing a bill that opponents said curtailed voter registration.