tv President Trump Criticizes States for Not Turning Over Voter Data CSPAN July 23, 2017 12:20am-12:32am EDT
, many of the people, most of the people, who were essential to his political rise. announcer: sunday night at 8:00 p.m. in eastern on c-span's q&a. vice president pence chairs the first meeting of the presidential advisory committee election and integrity which is tasked with studying procedures and voting systems for potential vulnerabilities. vice president pence and president trump spoke at ahead of the meeting. their remarks are 10 meeting -- 10 minutes. announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the united states.
vice president pence: welcome. please be seated. to helpt trump sign promote fair and on his federal elections. federal election. president calvin coolidge reminded us that the whole system of american government rests on the ballot box and president reagan declared the right to vote is the crown jewel of american liberties. by establishing this commission, actionnt trump is taking to make sure the crown jewels shines brighter than ever before. i will have the honor to serve as president -- chairman of this commission and it is a pleasure to be here today.
president trump knows this transcends party lines and i am proud this commission has put together bipartisan election experts and federal officials. together this bipartisan group will formate truly nonpartisan service to the american people. i would especially like to recognize our vice chairman who you will hear more from after the remarks. a man whose long-standing record has established him. appointed by privilege, would like to express my thanks to connie lawson who joined us as part of this panel. president trump knows the principle of one person, one vote is foundation to the american system of democracy. this system has been charged to study the registration and voting process is used in federal elections. we will examine the strategies and practices that will enhance
the american people's confidence in the integrity of our electoral system and we will also explore the vulnerabilities in our system that could lead to improper voter registration and even improper voting. this commission -- let me be clear, this commission has no preconceived notions or preordained results. we are factfinders and in the days ahead we will gather the relevant facts and data and at the conclusion of our work we will present the president with a report of our findings. i am confident the commission will have a healthy and robust debate and the president and i expect nothing less because respectable debate is a hallmark of our democracy. i expect nothing less. we are grateful for the more than 30 states of already indicated their intention to provide this information pursuant to the laws of their states. today is the first of several meetings in commission will hold.
we will hear from each of the commission's members. each of you bring a unique perspective based on expense and research and we welcome your purchase patient and insight. our commission includes five current and former secretaries of state and secretary cavaco and i look forward to see working with each one of you. we wish to ever respectful relationship for the benefit of andnation's electors process. i'd like to welcome the american people to offer their comments theinput on our work and challenges and opportunities that face our electoral system. we want to hear the voice of the american people because this is what this is all about. it is the greatest religion my life to work for a president that care so deeply for the right of each and every american citizen to see the sanctity of
their vote rejected. this president knows the success of our democracy depends on the american people's confidence in the system and the president dyer both confident this bipartisan commission will make the strongest democracy and the history of the world even stronger and so with gratitude for his commitment to fair and honest elections it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to all of you the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. president trump: thank you very much. please. be seated.
be heard today. very, very important. this commission is tasked with the sacred duty of upholding the integrity of the ballot box and the principle of one citizen, one vote. every time voter fraud occurs it cancels out the vote of a lawful citizen and undermines democracy. can't let that happen. any instance of it illegal or fraudulent voting and any form of voter suppression or intimidation must be stopped. dirty states have already agreed to share the information with the commission will haveher states that information forthcoming. if any state does not want to share this information, one has to wonder what they are worried about and i asked the vice president and the commission,
what are they worried about? there is something. there always is. this issue is very important to me because throughout the , people and even after would come up to me and express their concerns about voter inconsistencies and irregularities which they saw. in some cases having to do with very large numbers of people in certain states. all public officials have a profound responsibility to protect the integrity of the vote. they have no choice. you would a make america great again? you have to protect the ourgrity of the vote and voters. this is not a democrat or republican issue. it is an american issue. it is about the concern of so many americans that improper voting is taking place and canceling out the voting of lawfully voting american
citizens. that is why president the roosevelt once said it is the affair of every honest voter wherever born to see that no fraudulent voting is allowed anywhere. i want to thank vice president pence for chairing the commission. i also want to thank kansas secretary of state crisco voc for serving as vice chair. it is going to be a lot of work. you're going to work very hard over a short time. i want to thank you very much. chris, mike. this is a bipartisan panel consisting of- experts on voting integrity. i want to thank each of our panel members for serving. i really do appreciate it. in addition to the chair and vice chair it includes indiana secretary of state connie lawson , new hampshire secretary of
state bill gardner, maine secretary of state matthew dunlop, former ohio secretary of , electionblackwell assistance commission or formere mccormick, arkansas state representative david dunn, wood county west ,irginia clerk mark rhodes heritage foundation senior legal fellow and manager of the election will reform initiative -- a real expert -- hans. and general counsel of the public interest legal foundation -- great group -- j christian adams and jefferson county probate judge in a linking. thank you.
two i very much. each of you has been entrusted with a great responsibility to help advance the cause of fair, honest, and lawful elections. your work will help protect our democracy. this will be a very transparent process. go to be very open. see.verybody to you will approach this important task with a very open-minded and with no conclusions already drawn. you will fairly and objectively follow the facts wherever they may lead. i look forward to the findings and recommendations are report will give and i share your hand ass soon as i can soon as possible with the american people so the full truth will be known and exposed if necessary in the light of day . we call on every state to give us full support and total corporation in this effort.
most of them have really done brilliantly and we appreciate it and the rest, all of that forthcoming.ill be thank you very much mr. vice president and thank you, chris. panel, thank you very much. we appreciate it. do a great job. [applause] announcer: now we hear from kansas secretary of state crisco voc who serves as vice chair of the commission. commissiond the before giving members a chance to discuss the areas they would like to focus on. this is one hour and 15 minutes. >> i will call the meeting back to order. we are now continuing with item number four on our agenda and walk us through that. the first part is just