This article had to have been written by a democratic with its negativity. This commission has found so many fraudulent votes in the states in which they have gone to and where the state has been cooperative. The problem is the democrat states do not want to release their information and are the ones with the most illegals voting in our election.
What are any of the states afraid of – fraudulent registration rolls and votes?
This Election Integrity Commission must continue its work and as you can see the people who are against this project are democrats who have taken our country to a new low in our elections.
We must bring our country up to standards by having a photo identification with a finger print like Mexico.
We cannot let these democrats stop this commission.
It is getting too hot in the kitchen so they are trying to stop the commission from doing its job. Following is a good example of corruption in our elections. As usual the PA democrats are trying to make light of what they found – illegals voting.
Pennsylvania’s top election official suddenly resigns
Updated on October 12, 2017 at 8:10 AMPosted on October 12, 2017 at 8:08 AM
By Associated Press
Former Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes, seen here at a 2016 news conference. Cortes submitted his resignation on Oct. 11, 2017.
Pennsylvania’s chief election official resigned Wednesday, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said, offering no explanation for the move that surprised top state officials.
Wolf’s administration said Secretary of State Pedro Cortes submitted his resignation but gave no other information in a brief statement. An administration spokesman said he had no additional details about Cortes’ departure.
Wolf nominated Cortes, 51, as his first secretary of state when he took office in 2015. At the time, Cortes, a lawyer, already had the distinction of having held the job longer than anyone else after serving as secretary of state for more than seven years under former Gov. Ed Rendell, also a Democrat.
A telephone message left at Cortes’ Harrisburg home seeking comment was not immediately returned Wednesday. Top state lawmakers and Democratic Party officials said they had no idea Cortes was going to resign and did not know why.
“I hate to see him leave, I think he’s been an outstanding secretary of state,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.
Wolf named the agency’s top deputy, Robert Torres, as the interim secretary.
The move came barely two weeks after Cortes’ agency had heard from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state before last year’s presidential election. Cortes had said he thought the hackers had hoped to alter voter registration records to sow confusion and frustration in the election.
That came on top of complaints by a Philadelphia elections official that people who are in the U.S. legally, but who are not citizens, were mistakenly allowed to register to vote, including some who had voted.
Cortes acknowledged last year that someone who is not a citizen “may inadvertently register” to vote while getting or updating a driver’s license. The department said at the time it was working to correct the problem. The department has declined to say how many non-citizens are registered to vote.
Tension And Protests Mark Trump Voting Commission Meeting
September 12, 20176:03 PM ET
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell at the second meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, on Tuesday.
A fact-finding hearing by President Trump’s commission looking into voter fraud exposed self-inflicted rifts among its members during the panel’s second meeting Tuesday in Manchester, N.H.
Days earlier, the panel’s Republican co-chairman, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, wrote a column in Breitbart News claiming that there was proof of enough voter fraud in New Hampshire last November to possibly have influenced the outcome of a Senate race.
That did not sit well with another commission member, New Hampshire’s longtime secretary of state, Democrat Bill Gardner, who happened to be the host of Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Gardner said Kobach’s column caused a “problem” by questioning whether last year’s election was “real and valid.”
“It is real and valid,” he said, to the applause of some in the audience.
But Gardner said he could see why there might be confusion. His state has complicated residency rules about who can and can’t vote, which might lead some people to conclude that thousands of voters who use out-of-state driver’s licenses as ID had committed voter fraud.
Kobach acknowledged that the issue was “complicated” and said more research needed to be done.
The incident illustrated one of the main problems the panel faces as it goes forward with its stated mission of finding ways to instill more public confidence in U.S. elections: The voting process is complicated and data are difficult to come by, a point several witnesses emphasized on Tuesday.
Another problem for the commission’s work is that it was created in response to President Trump’s unproved claim that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in November.
Protesters, including former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, outside the election commission’s hearing in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday. They say the panel is stacked with members who believe that voter fraud is extensive and will use its conclusions to push for more restrictive voter laws.
Democrats and many voting rights activists — about 50 of whom protested outside the meeting — have called the commission a “sham.” They worry that the 12-member panel is stacked with members who believe that voter fraud is extensive and will use its conclusions to push for more restrictive voter laws.
Kobach and the commission’s chairman, Vice President Pence, have denied this, saying they have no preconceived ideas and will follow the facts where they lead.
Talk Of Voter Fraud Dominates First Meeting Of Election Integrity Commission
But the commission heard from several witnesses Tuesday that it’s not always easy to find those facts, that voter data are limited and often incomplete, and that it’s difficult to know what accounts for the drop in participation in U.S. elections since the 1960s.
Some commission members have suggested people don’t vote because they think the system is “rigged,” but University of New Hampshire political scientist Andrew Smith said voter surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau have reached a different conclusion.
“The major reason that they see that people don’t vote … is that they just didn’t bother, they weren’t interested, they forgot,” Smith said. “Basically, issues of convenience and noninterest were the major reasons.”
Still, several members of the commission — including Kobach — have argued that voter fraud is a serious problem that undermines public confidence. The panel heard from several witnesses who have conducted studies that they say show numerous cases of people voting more than once, or noncitizens casting ballots illegally.
“There’s a high likelihood of voter fraud, based on what we’ve done so far with our analysis. There’s likely a lot more to be found,” said Ken Block, president of Simpatico Software Systems. His company studied voter data in 21 states and concluded “with high confidence” that there were more than 8,000 cases of people voting twice.
However, Block’s methodology has been challenged by numerous voting experts. One commission member, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, questioned Block’s findings, saying he has found that most problems can be explained by human error.
“People tend to be law-abiding,” he said. “What we’ve discovered, as we’ve done some of these exact same inquiries that you do, is that people check off the wrong box, they make a mistake, the clerk gets confused.”
Despite Little Evidence Of Fraud, White House Launches Voting Commission
Dunlap, as well as other commissioners, also questioned the viability of a proposal by another witness that voters undergo the same kind of background check now applied to gun buyers. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the National Instant Criminal Background Check System could be used to identify those who are ineligible to vote, such as felons and noncitizens.
“The NICS system wasn’t designed for elections,” Dunlap said.
A government watchdog agency will investigate President Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, it was announced Thursday.
The Government Accountability Office plans to probe the voter fraud panel’s funding, internal operations and how it is protecting and sorting the tens of millions of sensitive voter files the commission has collected.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., sent a letter last week urging the agency to investigate because the commission had ignored several requests from Congress aimed at understanding its work, calling it a “serious concern.”
“Without any…response to the Congressional inquiries, we fear that the manner in which the (commission) is conducting its work will prevent the public from full and transparent understanding the commission’s conclusions and unnecessarily diminish confidence in our democratic process,” the senators wrote.
In a letter Wednesday to the lawmakers, the GAO said it had accepted the request. The agency said the investigation would begin in about five months.
Trump formed the commission this past May through executive order to examine voter fraud.
It is headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hardliner and strict voter identification law advocate, serves as vice chair.
Since its formation, the commission has been a source of controversy and received backlash from members of both parties for requesting a massive amount of sensitive voter data earlier this year.
The commission has also been mired in internal strife, with some members disagreeing on whether voter fraud exists and two Democratic commission members have openly criticized the panel’s co-chairs for their lack of transparency.
Critics have called the commission a politically-motivated effort to satisfy Trump’s unfounded claims about rampant voter fraud during the 2016 election.
‘Nothing Going On’ With Trump Voter Fraud Commission Due To Multiple Lawsuits
October 26, 20175:00 AM ET
A sign appears outside the room where the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017.
The work of President Trump’s commission studying voter fraud and other voting problems has been stalled by the eight lawsuits filed against it, according to one commission member.
Indiana’s Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the suits, which seek release of all of the commission’s correspondence, among other things, have had a “chilling” effect.
Some Democrats on the 11-member panel have complained in recent weeks that they’re being kept in the dark about its activities and plans.
A Tale Of Two Efforts To Improve Confidence In U.S. Elections
A Death And More Questions For Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission
But Lawson says she doesn’t think anybody’s being shut out because “right now, there’s nothing going on.”
Speaking to reporters after testifying about voting matters on Capitol Hill, Lawson says her understanding is “that they wanted to get some of these lawsuits settled and then move forward.”
“It’s very chilling to know that you can’t really work without somebody suing over something that you’ve done,” she adds. “We’re not emailing each other. We’re not conversing with each other.”
Despite Criticism Of Claims, Trump Seeks Investigation Into Voter Fraud
Liberal advocacy groups have sued the commission, arguing that it is not complying with federal open records laws. The groups believe that the panel, which was formed after Trump alleged without evidence that up to five million people voted illegally last year, has been set up to justify policies such as requiring voters to show documents proving that they’re U.S. citizens.
The commission’s chair and vice chair, Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both Republicans, have denied they have preconceived ideas about what the commission will recommend.
But actions by Kobach and others on the panel have fueled the suspicions. One lawsuit revealed that Kobach had proposed tightening proof-of-citizenship laws to the Trump presidential transition team. Kobach’s first act as vice chair was to send letters to all 50 states requesting detailed voter records, which Kobach says can be used to help identify illegal voting.
Dozens Of States Resist Trump Administration Voter Initiative
White House Panel Asks States For Their Voter Rolls
This week, one of the groups suing the panel, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, filed Freedom of Information Act requests with three agencies, seeking all communications with the presidential commission. Documents released earlier in court indicate that the panel has communicated with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, both of which have databases that could be used to help identify illegal or outdated registrations.
“The lack of transparency of this commission is ominous,” Lawyers’ Committee president Kristen Clarke said in a statement. She noted that two Democratic members have sent letters to the panel’s staff complaining that they don’t know what’s going on and asking that they be sent copies of all communications.
One of those members, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, says he received an email Wednesday from the commission’s executive director, Andrew Kossack, acknowledging receipt of his letter. But Kossack added that due to pending lawsuits, he was “consulting with counsel regarding a response to your request to ensure any response accords with all applicable law.”
“I don’t think I’m asking for something unreasonable,” says Dunlap, adding that the fact that the commission staff has to consult with lawyers before sharing information about the commission with one of the commissioners is a sign the panel is “in more trouble than we thought.”
The commission has held two public meetings so far, the last on September 12th. The tentative plan had been to meet again in November, but nothing has been scheduled.
Kobach told the PBS NewsHour Monday that there will be another meeting “in the next few months.” Kossack said in a statement to the NewsHour that “members of the commission have been consistently kept abreast of its work.”
The panel had planned to issue a report early next year, but Lawson think that’s now unlikely and it will complete its work later next year.
The commission’s stated purpose is to recommend ways to boost confidence in the integrity of U.S. elections.
The Democrats do not want any confidence in the integrity of U.S. elections – that is why they are fighting this commission – tooth and toe nail.