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Thu May 11, 2017, 11:10 PM

Civil rights groups fume over Trumps choice of Kobach to head voter fraud panel

Source: McClatchy

Civil rights groups fume over Trumpís choice of Kobach to head voter fraud panel

BY LINDSAY WISE AND BRYAN LOWRY
McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON
Kris Kobach, who as Kansas secretary of state repeatedly made unsubstantiated voter-fraud allegations, will co-chair President Donald Trumpís new Commission on Election Integrity, igniting outrage from civil rights groups and top Democrats.

Critics ridiculed the very creation of the commission Thursday, as well as Kobachís role, saying itís all intended to perpetuate the presidentís false claim that millions voted illegally in November.

The 12-member bipartisan commission will review claims of improper registrations and voting, fraudulent registrations and voter suppression, White House officials told McClatchy. Members will provide the president with a report in 2018 and may issue recommendations to the states.

Itís a sham, charged critics.

ďPutting an extremist like Mr. Kobach at the helm of this commission is akin to putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department,Ē charged Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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