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Trump dissolves election fraud panel after states balk at data requests

Trump dissolves election fraud panel after states balk at data requests

Trump spiked the commission late Wednesday amid infighting and refusals by numerous states to cooperate, but at the same time transferred its mission to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But there has been no evidence to back up that claim, and the president's assertions have been dismissed by election officials and experts.

No widespread voter fraud has been shown.

"Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry", Trump said in a statement through his press secretary.

President Donald Trump abruptly shut down his signature voter fraud commission on Wednesday and instead kicked the issue to the Department of Homeland Security. "Their motto is, 'Nothing to see here, '" he said. The decentralized nature of the country's elections has been seen as a buffer against attempts at widespread manipulation.

Trump convened the commission in May to investigate the 2016 presidential election after repeatedly making unsubstantiated claims that between 3 million and 5 million illegally cast ballots had cost him the popular vote. But, Trump had bagged the electoral college vote by winning the Midwestern states. Trump won the Electoral College, giving him the White House, but he lost the popular vote to Clinton by nearly 3 million votes.

The American Civil Liberties Union opposes voter ID requirements, saying they disproportionately affect "low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities".

"The commission never had anything to do with election integrity", he said in a statement.

Kris Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, announced Thursday that Bailey Ann McCaughey and Que J. Fulmer are facing accusations involving voter fraud. Most complaints were about voter data and the commission's lack of transparency.

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"Common Cause is proud to be one of several organizations that took legal action against the commission, which ultimately led to President Trump dissolving it".

On Thursday, Kobach told the AP that the Department of Homeland Security could move forward by checking its list of non-citizens living in the USA against voter registration data. "The Democrats lost their opportunity, lost their seat at the table, by stonewalling".

Though Trump was powerless to save his commission, he also trumpeted his own global abilities, claiming credit for the resumption of long-stalled discussions between South Korea and North Korea.

"It's time to put an end to this useless exercise created to soothe his insecurities about losing the popular vote in 2016", she said. "The abrupt abandonment of the commission makes clear that it had become a thoroughly discredited body that could not find evidence of mass voter fraud".

Along the way, the commission sparked at least 15 lawsuits in federal and state courts, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

More than 32 states had previously refused to comply with the Trump administration's request for voter registration data as part of the commission's investigation, with some states being barred by local law to release such information about the voter rolls.

In an October 18 letter requesting the investigation, Democratic Sens.


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