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Success! Trump's Bogus Election Integrity Commission Is Over

07 January 2018

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

In a statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated Trump's oft-made claim of voter fraud, but said that "rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense", Trump had ended the commission and asked the Department of Homeland Security to take up the review of USA election systems.

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 national voting rights and civil rights activists said the commission and Trump's call for new laws is just a pretext to suppress voter participation particularly among the poor, the elderly and people of color.

The shutting down of the commission was a major blow for Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the panel's vice chairman.

While dissolving the commission, the administration did not concede the rarity of voter fraud in modern American elections.

Dunlap provided BuzzFeed News with a copy of an email time-stamped at 6:49 p.m. on Wednesday from the commission's designated federal officer, Andrew Kossack, notifying the commission members about the president's decision to dissolve the group.

No widespread voter fraud has been shown.

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Democratic lawmakers quickly weighed in after the committee was disbanded. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.

Neither the commision or the White House ever produced evidence to substantiate Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud.

President Trump has previously alleged "millions" of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

Leaders from dozens of states including Democratic-leaning bastions such as NY and Trump-won Republican states such as Texas, either refused to comply with the commission requests completely or rejected them in part citing privacy laws.

"He has a right to access documents that the commission is considering relying on in the course of developing its final recommendations", U.S. District Jude Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote in her ruling last month, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time.

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.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the White House would send the commission's preliminary findings to the department "and make determinations on the best way forward from that point". In the lawsuit, Dunlap's lawyers said that the commission's "superficial bipartisanship has been a facade". While the Lawyers' Committee applauds the demise of the Commission, it is concerned that the President's attempt to transfer the effort to the Department of Homeland Security will lead to the same unlawful and unconstitutional result. But several states expressed concern over how such information might be used by the administration.

"DHS has more statutory authority to get information from states than the Kobach commission did, " she said. "While this chapter is now closed, I am committed to remaining vigilant on the front of election integrity and the transparent, free, and fair conduct of elections", Dunlap said.

Success! Trump's Bogus Election Integrity Commission Is Over