Trump dissolving his commission on election integrity


A precinct worker checks a voter ID at the Bermuda precinct for the USA presidential election in Dillon, South Carolina, November 8, 2016.

President Trump called Thursday for new "Voter I.D." laws, just hours after dissolving his presidential commission on voter fraud.

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

His allegation that certain states refused to provide confidential voter data requested by the Commission because states "know many people are voting illegally" is false.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained the president chose to dissolve the commission by executive order "rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense".

Trump formed the commission last May to examine the US electoral system for evidence of large-scale voter fraud.

President Trump has disbanded the commission he created to investigate the casting of what he claimed were millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. That claim, of course, ignores the fact that the majority of Republican-controlled states also found the commission's records demands unconstitutional and unjustified. State laws have gone so far as cutting back on polling places and hours in minority communities and purging voter rolls to limit eligible voters from casting a ballot.

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The Kansas secretary of state's prominent role on the commission fueled opposition to it. Kansas has some of the nation's toughest voter ID laws, and Kobach has been enmeshed in multiple lawsuits. A Care2 petition authored by the League of Women Voters had called on the Trump administration to stop the "dangerous and misleading" commission attracted over 12,000 signatures; the White House has finally done the right thing by ending it. "The Democrats lost their opportunity, lost their seat at the table, by stonewalling". "Their motto is, 'Nothing to see here, '" he said.

Voter ID laws have been passed in almost half of the nation's states since 2010.

Dunlap on Wednesday said Kobach and his allies "were the ones that were stonewalling", saying they had "very definite ideas of what they wanted this commission to come up with". U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the commission in December to stop withholding documents from the panel's Democratic members.

Kobach said he intends to work closely with DHS and the White House and expects the bulk of the DHS investigation to be done by midsummer.

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. On Twitter, Trump insisted the commission's failure is all the more proof that the "system is rigged" and blamed the "mostly Democrat states" for refusing to cooperate.

Voter advocacy groups and Democrats applauded Wednesday's decision. Mississippi Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said that when he received the data request, his response would be to tell the commission to "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from". "Push hard for Voter Identification!" "President Trump can dissolve the commission, but the law doesn't allow him or the commission to slink away from view and avoid accountability".