Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Husted Happy Trump Is Abandoning Election Fraud Commission

Trump disbands voter fraud commission, says Homeland Security will take over investigation Trump Disbands Voter Fraud Commission for . . . Failing to Find Proof of Voter Fraud
Kayla Schwartz | 12 January, 2018, 19:33

Trump disbanded his advisory commission on election integrity late Wednesday, Jan. 3, saying that "despite substantial evidence of voter fraud", many states have refused to provide the commission with basic information relevant to its inquiry, according to a statement by the press secretary.

"We mounted successful litigation against the administration that exposed its failure to abide by federal transparency requirements and vowed to keep fighting until the commission was terminated", said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Trump pulled the plug on the commission after less than a year because of infighting among commission members, legal challenges to the commission's efforts, and because several state officials refused to cooperate with commission requests for voter data. Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of the now-defunct commission, has promised to continue his "investigation" through the Department of Homeland Security.

During the campaign, he complained of a "rigged" election and embraced a North Carolina voter-identification law that a federal appeals court said targeted minority voters "with nearly surgical precision".

"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from", Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in a June statement.

His rival Hillary Clinton received 2.8million more votes overall, but Mr Trump won the all-important Electoral College.

Trump formed the commission to investigate the 2016 presidential election, after alleging repeatedly and without evidence that voter fraud cost him the popular vote.

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

"The commission's entire objective was to legitimize voter suppression", said Vanita Gupta, the former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

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

Condos said the move "only fuels fears of a federal takeover" of elections, which are overseen by the states and carried out by thousands of local jurisdictions.

Ohio's GOP secretary of state, Jon Husted, was also among almost half the states showing resistance, stressing that confidential information about voters "will not be provided to the commission".

Booker, who called such voter fraud allegations "a blatant lie", introduced legislation in July to revoke the president's executive order.

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