March 24, 2018

Trump shuts down his phony voting integrity commission

12 January 2018, 06:07 | Opal Carroll

Trump Disbands Voter Fraud Commission for . . . Failing to Find Proof of Voter Fraud

Trump disbands voter fraud commission, says Homeland Security will take over investigation

DONALD TRUMP has scrapped a commission into allegations of voter fraud at the 2016 election.

The decision is a major setback for Trump, who created the commission previous year in response to his baseless claim that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of millions of illegally cast ballots...

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity raised alarm bells when its vice chair Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, sent a letter to all 50 states asking for sensitive information on all registered voters. "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission".

A White House statement on Trump's order blamed numerous states for refusing to provide voter information.

A Democrat, Galvin said the 2016 presidential election was not, as President Trump wrote on his Twitter account, "rigged", nor was there any proof to support allegations that MA voters went to the polls in New Hampshire. Most state election officials scoffed at the idea, while Trump critics described his obsession as thinly veiled racism against Hispanic and African-American voters.

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While there have been isolated cases of people voting illegally, and many voter rolls often contain outdated data, recent studies and investigations have not provided evidence voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States or has impacted election results.

Multiple officials and sources familiar with the matter said they were unaware of plans within DHS, a sprawling agency responsible for a wide array of national security issues, to investigate voter fraud. The 11-person commission was even sued by one of its members; Democratic Maine secretary of State Matt Dunlap said he was being denied full access to the panel's records, and last month a federal judge agreed.

There is still no corroboration of large-scale voter fraud, nor proof that millions of illegal voters cast ballots in the 2016 election as Trump has previously claimed.

"Secretary Wayne Williams has never believed that the system is rigged", says Lynn Bartels, spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office. "From the start, it was clear that the Pence-Kobach commission lacked integrity and credibility". "In states across the country, the GOP continues to attack voting rights through gerrymandering and voter suppression".

In a second tweet Thursday, Trump pushed for voter ID requirements. In response to the news that states were not working with his commission in handing over data that could potentially prove voter fraud, the president went off in a pair [VIDEO]of tweets on January 4.

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