Trump dissolving his commission on election integrity

Trump dissolving his commission on election integrity

Kerry Wise
January 7, 2018

Husted sent a link of the publicly-available state's database of voter information to the White House, but did not turn over data that isn't public record in Ohio. In other words, it was created to prove beyond a doubt that the only reason Trump had failed to win the popular vote was due to millions of instances of voter fraud-an entirely baseless claim often repeated by the president and his allies.

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"Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud", he wrote.

"The Kobach Commission is meeting its well-deserved demise", said Dale Ho, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project, which successfully fought to unseal Kobach's presentation to Trump previous year. Members don't know why.

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.

The Republican president made a decision to remove the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to avoid "endless legal battles at taxpayer expense", White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that the "system is rigged" and called for a move toward "voter ID".

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Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who now runs the voting rights group Let America Vote, called the commission un-American in a statement.

The goal of the commission was to obtain state voter data and compare it to Homeland Security databases of noncitizens.

Most recently, the commission was sued by one of its own members, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat, who claimed he was blocked from getting information about the group's activities.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement that the entire point of the commission had been to "enable voter suppression" and promote "bigoted delusions of widespread voter fraud". Trump's statement gave no indication what could happen to the sensitive voter files in the commission's possession, which the GAO said number in the tens of millions.

"This shows that ill-founded proposals that just appeal to a narrow group of people won't work, and we hope they'll learn this lesson elsewhere", Schumer said on Twitter.

"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. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the commission in December to stop withholding documents from the panel's Democratic members.

In May Trump signed an executive order setting up the commission to investigate those reports.