Release - ROKITA SUPPORTS NEW COMMISSION ON ELECTION INTEGRITY

May 11, 2017

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May 11, 2017

ROKITA SUPPORTS NEW COMMISSION ON ELECTION INTEGRITY

Washington, D.C. – United States Congressman and former Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, who campaigned on, helped write and then implemented Indiana’s landmark voter ID law and voter registration reforms, supports President Trump’s new Executive Order that establishes a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

“The American public must have faith in the integrity of elections in our country.  It is fundamental to our entire system of self-government.  Voter fraud is real.  We've seen it in Indiana.  It is not a victimless crime.  As Indiana’s former chief elections officer, I fought to protect the integrity of every Hoosier’s vote and successfully implemented Indiana's photo identification law, defending it successfully all the way to the Supreme Court. 

“This law serves as a model for other states--and the states are where election laws should be made. 

“I am pleased to see President Trump follow through on his campaign promise to look into voter fraud issues and the integrity of American elections, and that he has chosen Vice President Mike Pence to head this commission.”

Rokita, while serving as Secretary of State, created a statewide voter file with safeguards that helped to catch false registrants.  During his tenure, Rokita pursued multiple reforms to combat voter fraud, such as updating voter registration forms to include an affidavit to be signed by anyone assisting or submitting a form for someone else.  He spearheaded efforts to fight voter fraud across the state, including the rampant voter fraud in East Chicago.  This led to a special election where he personally oversaw the voting procedures on that day. Three years later, he was invited by local candidates in Lake County to oversee 2007 Primary Election in Gary and East Chicago.  In 2008 he led an investigation into false registrants coming from ACORN, a voter registration group, prompting actions to secure the registration process.

To learn more about the President’s new executive order click HERE.

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