President Trump will sign an executive order Thursday creating a long-awaited commission to investigate voter fraud and elections, a senior administration official confirmed.
The commission will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who worked on the Trump transition team and is a vocal advocate of stronger immigration laws.
The commission was promised by Mr. Trump in the first weeks of his administration, after he asserted that illegal voting contributed at least 3 million votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s popular-vote victory in the presidential election. Mr. Trump won the presidency by capturing a majority of the Electoral College vote.
The commission will be tasked with studying “vulnerabilities” in U.S. election systems and potential effects on improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting, ABC News reported. The panel is also expected to examine claims of voter suppression.
A White House official said the panel will be “more forward looking” than simply reviewing alleged voter fraud and suppression.