President scraps voter fraud inquiry as states refuse to hand over data

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Colorado provided the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity only information that is public record and is available to all requesting parties under state law: names, addresses, year of birth, party affiliation and elections in which the voter participated.

The statement issued by the White House read, "Many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry". As a result, at least eight lawsuits were filed against it, including one by a commission member, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap. She added that the Department of Homeland Security would review the panel's work and "determine next courses of action".

Trump frequently claimed widespread voter fraud in the run up to his presidential campaign victory, but he failed to provide proof.

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". He claimed more than 3 million people voted illegally.

Not a single state has uncovered evidence of significant fraud by non-citizens or anybody else - nothing enough to alter an election for dog catcher.

Trump has alleged, without evidence, that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election in which his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, garnered almost 3 million more overall votes, though Trump gained a majority in the Electoral College.

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When Trump tweeted Thursday morning about the need to push hard for voter identification, Grimes responded by calling Trump "either delusional or intentionally lying about voter fraud". Husted said his office already does post-election investigations into claims of fraud and suppression, so in OH, a federal probe into fraud wasn't necessary. Several critics suspected the commission would enable voter suppression, by enacting new measures that will make it hard to vote.

During the panel's first meeting, Trump questioned the motives of states refusing to comply with the commission's requests, suggesting they had something to hide.

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

Richard L. Hasen, a law professor and election law scholar at the University of California, Irvine, was sharply critical of the commission in a blog post.

While dissolving the commission, the administration did not concede the rarity of voter fraud in modern American elections.

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