Trump pushes for stricter voter ID laws after dissolving election integrity commission


President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday, disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission amid infighting, legal threats and information denials.

United States President Donald Trump has dissolved the voter fraud commission that his government had set up in May 2017 to investigate claims of illegal voting.

Other commission members included Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and Election Assistance Commission member Christy McCormick. A total of 44 states refused Trump's voter data requests on grounds that disclosing the data would constitute an invasion of privacy of its citizens.

The panel was led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Trump added that he has asked Department of Homeland Security officials to look into the issue and see if any further investigative action can be taken.

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

Of course, proving election fraud was never the end goal for Kobach, who has put in place in Kansas the most restrictive voter registration and identification laws in the country.

Assembled last May to seek out voter fraud, a almost nonexistent problem, the commission was Trump's attempt to justify why he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election.

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"Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud", he wrote.

That might be a push toward Voter I.D. laws, if the president's tweets this morning are any indication.

"The "Election Integrity" Commission's entire goal was to encourage and enable voter suppression", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said in a statement. It calls for transparency from the commission but applauds states that defy requests for public information.

While there have been isolated cases of voter fraud in the U.S., past studies have found it to be exceptionally rare.

The panel was heavily criticized by Democrats, who said it was a tool for Republicans to suppress minority voter turnout.

Some states rejected the White House request, warning the information could be misused in voter disenfranchisement efforts.

After the 2016 election, reviews by election officials in California, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee found just 324 potential fraud cases out of more than 29 million ballots cast, or one-thousandth of 1 percent, according to the Center for Election Innovation and Research in Washington.