Kobach Tapped As Vice Chair Of New 'Election Integrity' Commission

May 11, 2017

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is expected to be named to a commission examining voter fraud and voter suppression.
Credit Walt Whitaker / Office of the Secretary of State

A new executive order on Thursday will establish a commission to "review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression," according to news reports. 

President Donald Trump is expected to name Vice President Mike Pence as Chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as Vice Chair,  ABC News reports. 

"The commission's review is expected to be broad in scope," ABC reports, "and will not just address Trump's allegations about the 2016 election but also 'systemic issues that have been raised over many years in terms of the integrity of the elections.'"

Samantha Poetter, a spokeswoman for Kobach, declined to confirm the appointment, saying it would have to await an announcement from the White House.  

This week, a federal judge ordered Kobach to hand over documents shared with then President-elect Trump. The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, requested the information in a lawsuit challenging the proof-of-citizenship voter registration law in Kansas. Kobach's deadline is Friday.

Laura Spencer is an arts reporter at KCUR 89.3. You can reach her on Twitter @lauraspencer.