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Trump administration gets rid of voter fraud commission

States refused to hand over voter information.


Kris Seavers


Posted on Jan 3, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:06 am CDT

President Donald Trump on Wednesday disbanded a commission that was meant to investigate his claims that voter fraud took place during the 2016 election.

The White House said the decision to eliminate the commission, called the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, came after 15 states refused to disclose residents’ voter information.

The administration created the commission in May with Vice President Mike Pence taking lead. It was intended to investigate “improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting,” according to Business Insider.

Despite numerous investigations and reports finding otherwise, Trump claimed (without providing evidence) that millions of people voted illegally in 2016, which led to him losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

The voter fraud commission, which met twice, was impeded by states’ refusals to comply with information requests as well as lawsuits from liberal advocacy groups.

On Twitter, Democrat leaders celebrated the Trump administration’s move to dissolve the commission, saying it violated voters’ rights.

In a statement about disbanding the voter fraud commission, the administration said that the Department of Homeland Security would review the panel’s initial findings to “determine next courses of action.”

That might be a push toward Voter I.D. laws, if the president’s tweets this morning are any indication.

H/T the Hill

This article has been updated. 

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*First Published: Jan 3, 2018, 10:01 pm CST