Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Jewish Groups Reject Trump’s ‘Baseless’ Voter Fraud Commission

(JTA) — A coalition of faith organizations, more than half of them Jewish, issued a statement objecting to a presidential commission investigating what the 24 signatories called “baseless claims” of widespread voter fraud.

In the letter sent to members of Congress Thursday, the coalition urged lawmakers not to fund the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, set up by President Donald Trump to probe what he has called widespread claims of improper voting that have the effect of “canceling out the votes of lawful American citizens.”

The faith coalition rejects those claims, citing evidence that the rate of voter fraud in the United States is statistically insignificant.

“The commission was designed to advance baseless claims made by President Trump and others of widespread voter fraud during recent elections in the United States,” according to the letter, organized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. “Several comprehensive studies have debunked such a myth, finding only a handful of voter fraud cases in recent history.”

The letter warns that the commission could lead to policies that prevent eligible citizens, especially poor people, people of color and the elderly, from voting.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.