On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to create a new commission to investigate his claims of widespread voter fraud, reigniting the storm of skepticism that has surrounded his past allegations of election interference and rigging. … Fact-checkers, state election authorities and lawmakers from both political parties have largely dismissed Trump’s claims that of election fraud since November 8. Immediately after the announcement of the new commission, some suggested that the administration will be using taxpayer resources to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. Other critics suspect even more nefarious motives, suggesting that the panel’s leadership and its mission may actually be an effort to justify stricter voting laws that could suppress the vote.
…Pamela Smith is the president of Verified Voting, an advocacy group that works on the intersection of technology, security and ensuring each vote is counted. Smith noted that the new Trump commission “does not appear to be charged with identifying ways in which our voting systems and technology can be made more resilient to tampering and malfunction.”
Guaranteeing that every vote can be counted and audited and that the voting and registration process occurs without tampering or errors is a problem that still needs to be solved, Smith said.
“If you take the word of the election officials out there working in states and in the counties where elections are run,” she noted, “there is a preponderance of them who say what this commission seems to be charged with is a non-problem.”