Trump Administration Disbands Election Integrity Panel


"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.

"The President's commission has requested the personal data and the voting history of every American voter-including Californians", Padilla said at the time.

But the co-chairman of the panel, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said the investigation into alleged voter fraud would continue - and could pick up speed without the formalities of a commission.

Trump has not yet indicated how he expects the Department of Homeland Security to handle his claims of voter fraud.

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During the campaign, he complained of a "rigged" election and embraced a North Carolina voter-identification law that a federal appeals court said targeted minority voters "with nearly surgical precision".

"In responding to the commission, we will have ideas on how the federal government can better support states in running elections", Husted said in June. Trump similarly claimed on Twitter, without any evidence, that "millions" of people voting illegally had cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election.

Established last May, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was tasked with reviewing claims of voter fraud after Trump claimed that millions of undocumented residents had voted in the 2016 presidential election.

The commission demanded state voter registration information that Simon refused to turn over, saying it was illegal to provide some of the information, and voicing concern about how it might be used.

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Not a single state has uncovered evidence of significant fraud by non-citizens or anybody else - nothing enough to alter an election for dog catcher.

"The abrupt abandonment of the commission makes clear that it had become a thoroughly discredited body that could not find evidence of mass voter fraud", Gupta said.

"It was a waste of the taxpayer's dollars because it essentially was meant to sooth the President's ego that he lost the popular vote and couldn't quite come to terms with that", said Ethan Corson, the Executive Director of Kansas Democrats.

Concerned that this was an attempt to suppress certain demographics of registered voters, liberal advocacy groups launched eight lawsuits against the commission, essentially grinding it to a halt after its second meeting in September.

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Ohio's GOP secretary of state, Jon Husted, was also among almost half the states showing resistance, stressing that confidential information about voters "will not be provided to the commission".