Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump's commision on voter fraud is to be dissolved

Donald Trump's commision on voter fraud is to be dissolved

In addition to activists and petition signers who put pressure on the Trump administration to end the fruitless hunt for voter fraud, the states did a lot of the damage to the commission by refusing to hand over requested voter information.

President Donald Trump has dissolved a commission meant to investigate voter fraud after a massive data request by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach led to a backlash from state officials across the political spectrum. "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action". Trump months earlier had alleged, without evidence, that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election, delivering the popular vote to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally", he posted just after 6 a.m. The first question among many is what the commission intends to do with the data that it has already collected from the states.

After abruptly disbanding the commission on Wednesday, President Trump did not drop his argument, tweeting Thursday that the voting system "is rigged," and blaming the many states that had refused to provide detailed information on individual voters. "Push hard for Voter Identification!"

Many states had refused to comply with the request, citing privacy concerns, and even Kansas could not legally provide the commission with partial Social Security numbers as Kobach requested.

No widespread voter fraud has been shown.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave up on his investigation into voter fraud, and he pivoted to pushing voter-identification legislation.

"The commission's entire goal was to legitimize voter suppression", Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and former head of the Justice Departments Civil Rights Division, told the Times. The annuoncement was made by the White House on Wednesday.

"We mounted successful litigation against the administration that exposed its failure to abide by federal transparency requirements and vowed to keep fighting until the commission was terminated", said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

"The commission was never charged with addressing real problems and lacked bipartisan leadership, unlike previous presidential commissions on elections".

But Kris Kobach, who was vice chairman of the panel, said Democrats come out behind because the commission's work will continue but will be completed without any input from Democrats, who had been part of the commission but won't have a say in Homeland Security's work.

Kobach told the Topeka Capital-Journal last week that although the commission's work had been delayed because of the lawsuits, it would meet in January. He said more than eight organizations were mounting legal challenges to the commission.

The ACLU was one group that sued over the commission.

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