Trump dissolves voter-fraud commission, blames states

Trump dissolves voter-fraud commission, blames states

Trump argued in a series of tweets. At the same time, many civil rights advocates denounce voter identification requirements as a large-scale driver of disenfranchisement because certain groups are less likely to have the proper identification.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding the commission he created to investigate what he claimed were millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday asking the Department of Homeland Security to review the commission's findings, essentially dissolving the panel, before casting blame onto his political opponents through Twitter. State election officials rejected requests for their voter rolls as invasions of privacy.

And the Association of Secretaries of State - which includes both Democratic and Republican members - said in a statement in January 2017 after Trump's claims of voter fraud that they were "not aware of any evidence that supports the voter fraud claims made by President Trump". "There's no good reason for anyone to want aliens to be voting. There is no proof of widespread illegal voting or voter fraud in the 2016 election", Gupta said.

A sign outside a polling place in Middletown, N.Y. on November 3, 2015.

"Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL".

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she's not surprised a federal commission on voter fraud has been shut down.

The Republican president has insisted he in fact won the popular vote, "if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally", without offering any evidence for the claim.

Failing to prove those unsubstantiated assertions, Trump dissolved the commission Wednesday night.

Kobach initiated the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which has grown to include 30 participating states.

In June, the White House said in a statement it suspected several voters in the country were unregistered, resulting in voter fraud. A federal judge mostly agreed last month, saying the commission's actions were "indefensible".

When the commission sought information on New Mexico's voters, including social security numbers and addresses, Toulouse Oliver denied the request.

In 12 out of those 15 refusals, Democratic secretaries of state and governors are in charge of dispensing the records.

Moving the work of the voter fraud commission to Homeland Security should be a wake-up call to the American people. "I'm hoping the president finally realizes what the rest of the world knows - there's no massive voter fraud in California or anywhere in the USA", he said.