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President Trump Orders A Real Look At Election Fraud

Last Thursday, President Trump issued an Executive Order establishing a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The Commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as Vice Chair, is to be composed of up to 15 members, who “shall include individuals with knowledge and experience in Mike Penceelections, election management, election fraud detection, and voter integrity efforts, and any other individuals with knowledge or experience that the President determines to be of value to the Commission.”

The Left immediately went nuts when Kobach, long an advocate for clean elections and voter rolls, was appointed to a leadership role on the Commission, but their criticism of Kobach, and the Commission, prove that they are all about enabling and protecting voter the fraud schemes that are routine in Democratic political campaigns.

While the Left went nuts and the establishment media did everything they could to suppress the story of the Executive Order and its importance, conservatives applauded this long overdue look at illegal voting in the United States.

As our friend, former Justice Department attorney and election law expert with the Public Interest Legal Foundation J. Christian Adams put it, “Foes of the commission are trying to cover up crimes… They are accessories after the fact to voter fraud.”

Adams and the Public Interest Legal Foundation have done yeoman’s work documenting how non-citizens and others not entitled to vote have been registered to vote and voted through the “motor voter” registration program in Democrat-run states such as Virginia, where election officials repeatedly refused to cooperate with open records inquiries on non-citizen voter registrations.

While Far Left organizations, such as the ACLU and Think Progress, and Leftwing mouthpieces, such as Slate and Rolling Stone, charged that the Commission was intended to impose new restrictions on poor people and “voters of color” the exact opposite is true.

As the Supreme Court of the United States said in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, “not only is the risk of voter fraud real but … it could affect the outcome of a close election.”

And in 2008 in the Indiana Democratic Primary it did.

This fraud was not uncovered until well after the 2008 presidential election, so as our friend election law attorney Hans von Spakovsky observed, Americans will never know what impact it might have had on the heated contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President if it had been discovered at the time.

One thing, however, is certain says von Spakovsy: Had this fraud been discovered, Barack Obama would have been disqualified from the primary ballot in a major state, and Hillary Clinton would have won all of the Democratic Party delegates in Indiana.

Ronald Hicks, Vice-President of Communications, Republican National Lawyers Association, writing for The Daily Caller, noted that “vote fraud takes many different forms and is a much broader problem than the voter impersonation fraud often discussed in the news—when someone shows up at the polls pretending to be a legitimate voter and votes in his or her name.  When vote fraud occurs, it cancels out the vote of someone voting for a different candidate.  It’s a broad problem that affects honest voters broadly.  And no voter who has taken the time to research the candidates and issues and vote wants to know that a fraudulent vote has negated his or her vote.”

Hicks also noted that only 30% of Americans expressed confidence in the “honesty of elections,” according to a recent Gallup poll.

While voter fraud isn’t a uniquely Democrat problem – if you look hard enough you can find an example or two of Republicans engaged in voter fraud – defense of voter fraud is a unique province of the Democratic Party and the Left.

Who can forget Melowese Richardson, a Hamilton County, Ohio, poll worker from 1998 until her arrest 2013 when she was charged with eight counts of illegal voting. In May 2013, she accepted a plea deal including five years in prison for her plea to four counts in exchange for the other four being dismissed.

She was convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times — in 2008, 2011 and 2012 — for her sister, Montez Richardson, who has been in a coma since 2003.

Richardson told the judge she was bothered that Amy Searcy, the Hamilton County Board of Elections director, had criticized her moments before the sentencing. Richardson, 58, said that for years she helped register Democrats to vote but now was being persecuted despite her decades as a poll worker.

"I think the board has shown me nothing but total disrespect for the 30 years I've served them," she told the judge. "I believe in the system and I've done nothing to harm the system or cause disgrace to President Obama."

The judge and prosecutor later relented under pressure and Richardson was released on probation, to a hero’s welcome at a Democratic voter registration rally.

A year later in March of 2014 Richardson got a big hug from Rev. Al Sharpton at a 400-person strong rally at Word of Deliverance Church in Forest Park, Ohio when Cincinnati National Action Network President Bobby Hilton called her on stage for a "welcome home."

In addition to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Vice President Mike Pence an administration official told ABC News that membership for the commission is already being discussed. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (R.), New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner (D.), Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D.), Christie McCormick, commissioner of the election assistance commission, and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell (R.) are all reportedly being considered for the commission.

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