SOS calls end of Trump voter fraud panel a 'victory'

SOS calls end of Trump voter fraud panel a 'victory'

Yolanda Curtis
January 12, 2018

The White House in a statement blamed the decision on numerous states that have refused to provide voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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".

But many states, citing their own voter privacy laws, refused to provide the commission data on their voters without an act of Congress.

The panel was headed by Vice President Mike Pence, along with Kris Kobach, who as Kansas Secretary of State runs elections in that state and who has long urged new voting restrictions.

While she's happy the commission has been disbanded, Grimes added she's concerned about reports that the commission's work will be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security.

"It's telling that even in his announcement to its long overdue demise, President Trump continues the false narrative that there is 'substantial evidence of voter fraud", Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said January 3.

Doubling down on the issue has been Donald Trump, who claimed illegal voting was the reason he lost the popular vote against Hillary Clinton in November 2016. "System is rigged, must go to Voter ID", Trump said. Not coincidentally, that spread covers Trump's deficit in the popular vote count. Secretary of State for Mississippi, Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, asked the commission to "fall in the gulf" in response to its July request for voter information.

President Trump disbanded his controversial voter fraud commission on Wednesday - but not without doubling down on his unsubstantiated claim that millions of immigrants voted illegally in the 2016 election.

While there have been isolated cases of people voting illegally, and many voter rolls often contain outdated data, recent studies and investigations have not provided evidence voter fraud is a widespread problem in the United States or has impacted election results. Several critics suspected the commission would enable voter suppression, by enacting new measures that will make it hard to vote.

Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted that the commission "was a shameful attempt at voter suppression that should have never existed in the first place".

Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said some of the requested information is publicly available and "commonly purchased by political parties, candidates, researchers and other organizations".

Other reports by iNewsToday