On Wednesday, President DonaldTrump dissolved his controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. According to a White House statement, Trump did not wish to face continuous and expensive litigation by voter-rights groups. In an executive order, Trump abolished the panel. “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” the White House said in a statement. “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”

Chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach serving as vice chairman, the commission was chartered to investigate allegations of voter fraud during the 2016 general election, which Trump claimed had seriously diminished his vote margins. The commission had run athwart several judges, who claimed that the commission had violated open-records laws and were hiding information from its own panelists.

Also, the commission's work stalled when one member died and another faced child pornography charges.The most recent meeting of the commission was in September. 

The voter integrity commission faced opposition from the very start. In July, 41 states refused to comply with a letter from the commission requesting for voter information. Sent by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the letter requested registrants' names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, military status, and whether they lived overseas.

Investigations in several states have revealed that foreign nationals have voted in some elections, while voter rolls have not been cleared of deceased voters and those no longer living in the jurisdictions claimed.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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