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Trump dissolving his commission on election integrity

12 January 2018

Trump repeatedly claimed, without any evidence, widespread voter fraud in the election led to Hillary Clinton's win of the popular vote.

We agree with Simon who said the "commission was a distraction, and it collapsed under the weight of the president's false and irresponsible claim that millions of ineligible votes were cast in the last election".

"Donald Trump's so-called election integrity commission was a scam and a fraud from beginning to end", said Marge Baker, executive vice president of the progressive People for the American Way.

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And the Association of Secretaries of State - which includes both Democratic and Republican members - said in a statement in January 2017 after Trump's claims of voter fraud that they were "not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump".

"If (DHS) were to start investigating these non-existent voter fraud claims, that would be very problematic", said Edgardo Cortes, Virginia's chief election official, who rejected the commission's request past year for data about voters registered in Virginia. They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally.

"The commission's entire objective was to legitimize voter suppression", said Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

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Moving the work of the voter fraud commission to Homeland Security should be a wake-up call to the American people.

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. "He made wild allegations about MA voters going to New Hampshire to vote, which were not true. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D".

The Associated Press reported in July that no state election official planned to give the commission all of the requested information, including Kansas where the panel's Vice Chairman Kris Kobach serves as secretary of state. "The first question among many is what the commission intends to do with the data that it has already collected from the states". The office did not provide any confidential information, such as full dates of births, Social Security numbers or signatures. "These prosecutions will help deter voter fraud in the future".

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In a second tweet Thursday, Trump pushed for voter ID requirements. Dunlap, who was critical of the panel's work, said he is concerned about Homeland Security's involvement, telling The New York Times, "Homeland security operates very much in the dark".

Trump dissolving his commission on election integrity