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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a voter enters a booth at a polling place in Exeter, N.H. On Sunday, Nov. 27, President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter "serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California." On Monday the New Hampshire Attorney General's office said it doesn't have evidence to back up that claim (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

President Trump's voter fraud expert was registered in 3 states during the 2016 election


Gregg Phillips, the man President Donald Trump promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered in three states during the 2016 presidential election, according to the Associated Press

Phillips previously made an unsubstantiated claim that 3 million people voted illegally during the presidential election.  Phillips also applauded the efforts of volunteers with True the Vote, which he said found "thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people." 

And Trump tweeted about Phillips' unsubstantiated claim.

But the Associated Press found that Trump's voter fraud expert was registered to vote in three different states. 

Phillips was registered to vote in both Alabama and Texas under the name Gregg Allen Phillips. The social security number for those records reportedly matched as well. A Gregg A. Phillips, whose record has the same final four social security digits listed in Alabama and Texas, was also registered in Mississippi. Phillips' date of birth and prior address matched that of the Gregg Allen Phillips in Alabama and Texas.

Phillips' voter status was "inactive" in Mississippi and suspended in Texas at the time of the election, but officials in both states told the Associated Press he could have voted if he produced identification and chose to update his address at the polls. 

In a phone interview, Phillips said this only demonstrates how broken the system is. 

"That is not fraud that is a broken system," Phillips said. "We need a national ID that travels with people."

Friday, Phillips tweeted saying True the Vote would "lead the analysis" of widespread voter fraud. 

Then in an interview with CNN, he indicated that he will likely release data to support that claim in a few months. 

President Trump's voter fraud expert was registered in 3 states during the 2016 election

WATCH | Here's what Gregg Phillips told CNN about his research on voter fraud during the 2016 election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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