Trump Quietly Dismisses Controversial Voter Fraud Commission

Trump Quietly Dismisses Controversial Voter Fraud Commission

Trump Quietly Dismisses Controversial Voter Fraud Commission

President Trump on Wednesday issued an Executive Order dissolving the ill-conceived Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Rosenberg said the White House seems to be conflating the mission of defending the country against terrorists with illegitimate security concerns involving voter fraud.

Concerned that this was an attempt to suppress certain demographics of registered voters, liberal advocacy groups launched eight lawsuits against the commission, essentially grinding it to a halt after its second meeting in September.

In addition to activists and petition signers who put pressure on the Trump administration to end the fruitless hunt for voter fraud, the states did a lot of the damage to the commission by refusing to hand over requested voter information. The White House maintains there is substantial evidence of voter fraud, although past studies have found it to be exceptionally rare.

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was established by executive order in May after the president, who won the Electoral College but not the popular vote, insisted repeatedly that Hillary Clinton received approximately 2.9 million more votes because of illegal voting. 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.

Democrats continue to scream that there's no evidence of voter fraud.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House on December 22. Of course, those blocked were in places such as Milwaukee County and Madison's Dane County with large voting populations of African Americans and other people of color. "The abrupt abandonment of the commission makes clear that it had become a thoroughly discredited body that could not find evidence of mass voter fraud".

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"It's time to put an end to this useless exercise created to soothe his insecurities about losing the popular vote in 2016", she said.

To date, no federal laws have been put in place to limit voting rights and the courts have soundly rejected numerous state restrictions.

Trump also tweeted early Thursday morning.

Since then the commission has faced multiple lawsuits including one from the Electronic Privacy Information Center regarding its request for the last four digits of voters' social security number as part of its investigation.

"The Department of Homeland Security was created with the primary objective of protecting this country from the real threat of terrorist attacks, not to waste its resource on chasing the unicorn of voter fraud", said Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Asked why the task was going to Homeland Security and not another agency, Sanders said: "That was the agency that was best determined by the administration and we're moving forward and letting them take over the process".

"It is no surprise that a commission founded on a lie of widespread voter fraud proved to be a fraud itself", said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat, who had refused to comply with the commission's request for voter data.

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