A commission set to convene Wednesday to advise President Trump on “election integrity” includes the publisher of “Alien Invasion II,” a report on undocumented immigrants who mysteriously showed up on the voter rolls in Virginia. Another member is known for scanning obituaries in his West Virginia county to make sure dead people are promptly deleted from voter lists. Another championed some of the strictest voter identification laws in the country during her days in the Indiana legislature. And yet another warned nearly a decade ago of the “possibility for voter fraud on a scale never seen before in this country.” During his tenure as Ohio secretary of state, the Social Security numbers of 1.2 million state voters were accidentally posted on the agency’s website.
Even before this panel of 12 holds its first official meeting at the White House complex, it has sparked more controversy — and more questions about its competency — than any presidential advisory commission in memory.
Spawned by Trump’s baseless claim that illegal voting cost him the popular vote against Democrat Hillary Clinton in last year’s election, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will gather Wednesday to chart its agenda, led by Vice President Pence and guided by a goal to shore up Americans’ confidence in voting systems.