Trump signs executive order disbanding voter fraud commission


President Donald Trump on Wednesday disbanded an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election, but refused to back down on unsubstantiated allegations of massive wrongdoing at the ballot box.

President Trump announced Tuesday he had disbanded the voter fraud commission and moved its work to the Department of Homeland Security because of resistance from the states, he said. Trump has now asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next course of action, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, reports PTI. "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".

President Donald Trump's controversial "election integrity" commission is no more.

The commission, formally called the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, has been bedeviled by internal dissension, threats of litigation and the refusal of some states to provide information.

And it was a farce to the end, as the President blamed "many mostly Democrat states" for failing to turn over data and asserted, again without evidence, that "many people are voting illegally".

Donald Trump established the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity past year with the ultimate aim of finding evidence of alleged illegal ballots being cast which lead to his loss of the popular vote to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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". Grimes said the commission never should have been a reality. 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.

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Reiterating that the electoral system in the USA is " rigged", President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed for a voter identification system during voting.

The shutting down of the commission was a major blow for Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the panel's vice chairman.

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

In June, the commission sent requests to states asking for all voters' names, party IDs, addresses, and even the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, among other information.

On Thursday, Trump turned his attention to stronger voter ID laws.

The Democrats strongly argued there was no corroborative evidence to ever suggest voter fraud in the country.