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Connie Lawson

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson

INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump has selected Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson to serve on a national commission investigating the integrity of American elections.

According to an executive order signed Thursday by the Republican president, the Hoosier elections chief will work with voting officials from other states to understand which policies contribute to and detract from public confidence in U.S. elections, as well as to identify voting system vulnerabilities.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity will be led by Vice President Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana, and Kansas' Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an advocate for strict voter identification and proof of citizenship requirements.

"The president is committed to the thorough review of registration and voting issues in federal elections, and that's exactly what this commission is tasked with doing," said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary.

Trump repeatedly has claimed, without evidence, that he would have won the popular vote in November's election if not for widespread, illegal voter fraud that helped Democrat Hillary Clinton pile up 2,868,691 more votes than Trump.

No election official in any of the 50 states, including Lawson, has identified more than a handful of possible incidents of double voting or non-citizen voting in last year's elections.

The most prominent voter fraud conviction in Indiana saw Republican Charlie White, Lawson's predecessor as secretary of state, removed from office in 2012 and sentenced to one-year house arrest for illegally registering to vote at an address where he didn't live.


Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.