"I can tell you, President Trump, that we will be watching your commission", said U.S. Representative Terri Sewell of Alabama, an African-American whose district includes the civil rights landmarks Selma, Montgomery and Birmingham, where, she said, "people died, bled and fought for the right to vote".
At the meeting, he spoke about a 2014 survey about voter fraud from Rasmussen, a right-leaning polling firm that is widely considered unreliable.
A new vision of the Democratic Party is to stress the need for increased voting opportunities and to combat voter suppression, the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) vice chairman said on Wednesday. "It's not here to justify, validate or invalidate what the president said in December of January about the 2016 election". He anxious the commission would be used to suppress voter turnout. A federal court recently fined him for making "patently misleading representations to the court" after refusing to turn over a voting memo he delivered to President-elect Trump.
"What I think that this commission wants to do is use some scare tactics to provide or produce some information that's not real", said Susan Bucher, Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach County. "This is literally about stripping the right to vote from millions of Americans", said Joya Taft-Dick of Washington, DC. "And the others states, that information will be forthcoming", Trump said.
Padilla, the California secretary of state, accused the Trump administration of attempting to "discredit or ignore" the intelligence community's assessment about the Russian government's role in those efforts while focusing on issues such as voter fraud.
It's easy, he said, to register in a new state but hard to de-register, which many people don't think to do before they move. The information included birthdates, addresses, telephone numbers, and primary voting history of 1.7 million people. That lawsuit has since been put on hold in light of other lawsuits playing out against the commission at the federal level.
The group's first public meeting is today.
The commission met via teleconference earlier in June, but Wednesday's meeting, chaired by Pence, was the first public meeting.
While the commission meeting was getting underway, civil liberties and voting advocates were offering a running stream of critical commentary on Twitter.
The President said more than 30 states have agreed to share information, per a request from the commission that some states have objected to.
"Every time voter fraud occurs, it cancelled out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy". "It's not just the president who has his head in the sand on this, it's now Secretary Kobach and his entire advisory commission".