The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was set up to investigate President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that millions of people committed voter fraud during the 2016 election.
At its meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says part of the commission’s presentation claimed some 30 percent of Rhode Island voters were illegitimate or unverified in 2016. Gorbea says that is a mischaracterization. She believes those voters are likely people who registered before a 2002 federal law required additional personal information.
According to Gorbea, those are eligible voters who legally registered to vote.
The Commission on Election Integrity has been under scrutiny since its formation in May, with critics saying it will attempt to push policies that suppress voters. In June, Gorbea declined the commission’s request for voter information, other than what was in public record.