May 11, 2017

NEW YORK — President Trump is expected to sign an executive order later today establishing a “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.” The commission vice chair will reportedly be Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whom the American Civil Liberties Union has successfully sued numerous times over his voter suppression policies.

Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said:

“As President Trump’s own lawyers have said, ‘All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.’ Signing a piece of paper will not make Trump’s false statements about voter fraud true. This commission, to be co-led by King of Voter Suppression Kris Kobach, is a sham. We call on professional elections administrators, serious academics, and elected officials to refuse to participate in what will be a pretext for disenfranchising Americans.

“The United States has one of the lowest turnout rates in the developed world, and we should be doing everything we can to encourage more people, not fewer, to participate in our democracy.”

More information about the ACLU’s voting rights work is at: https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights

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