Published time: 3 Jan, 2018 23:56Edited time: 4 Jan, 2018 00:23
President Donald Trump has signed an order to collapse his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
The Trump administration had faced opposition or limited cooperation from most states, when the commission controversially requested voter information, such as Social Security numbers and addresses.
In a statement, the White House said, “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”
Only Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Washington State had complied with all of the commission’s requests. California, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Carolina had all signaled their unwillingness to cooperate.
Late last month, a US appeals court gave the Trump voter fraud commission a minor victory, dismissing one of several lawsuits filed against it for allegedly violating federal privacy protections of the 2002 E-Government Act.
In January 2017, one week into Trump’s presidency, Trump tweeted that at least 3 million illegal votes had been cast in the 2016 election, citing an unverified claim by the app VoteStand.
The commission had been expected to release a report in 2019. Its vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, recently told Fox News that there have been 938 voter fraud convictions since 2000, which he called just the “tip of the iceberg.”
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