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Grumet: Election Commission Must Be “Truly Bipartisan”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Washington, D.C.– Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet today released the following statement on news that the White House is moving forward on establishing a commission to study the integrity of American elections:

“Today President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating a commission to examine election integrity. Despite federal, state, and local efforts to make voting easy and cheating hard, there is no question that instances of voter suppression and voter fraud still exist. However, anecdotal or exaggerated claims of voter fraud directly challenge our democracy by undermining public confidence in the electoral process and the legitimacy of our elected leaders. Past commissions such as the Carter-Baker Commission on Election Reform and the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission on Election Administration were authentically bipartisan in both make up and agenda. The president should adopt a truly bipartisan approach that focuses on election integrity and access to ensure that any conclusions are widely respected and form a basis for effective, collective action.”