The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has been mired in controversy since Trump signed an executive order in May 2017 tasking it with investigating voter fraud.
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. "From its inception, President Trump's election commission never demonstrated that the collected data would be used for lawful purposes, how voters' personal data would be secured, or how comparing insufficient data would produce any meaningful conclusions".
The task of looking for illegal voters has now been assigned to the Department of Homeland Security, which surely must have better things to do than to chase this white whale of a tale.
Despite the closure, Trump repeated his claim that there is "substantial evidence of voter fraud".
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"This unprecedented effort demonstrated this administration's clear hostility to voting rights", she said in an emailed statement, adding that "today's executive order disbanding the commission is a victory for those who are concerned about ensuring access to the ballot box across the country".
His rival Hillary Clinton won three million more votes overall than Trump in results that were certified by the Federal Election Commission. "System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.", Trump tweeted. "Virginia conducts fair, honest, and democratic elections, and there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in Virginia".
Trump, during the commission's first meeting, questioned the motives of states that refused to comply with the commission's requests, suggesting they had something to hide.
States, however, bristled at the commission's request for information on their voters as part of the voter fraud probe, with Mississippi's GOP secretary of state Delbert Hosemann saying "they can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and MS is a great state to launch from".
While there have been isolated cases of voter fraud in the USA, past studies have found it to be exceptionally rare. "But rather than address these real threats to election integrity, the commission engaged in a wild-goose chase for voter fraud, demonizing the very American voters whom we should all be helping to participate".
A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud. "I had serious doubts about the commission's credibility and trustworthiness", he said Wednesday.