President Donald Trump on Wednesday abruptly shut down a White House commission he had charged with investigating voter fraud, ending a brief quest for evidence of election theft that generated lawsuits, outrage and some scholarly testimony, but no real evidence that American elections are at all corrupt. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat, claimed the commission was withholding requested records from its own members.
Most states had issued full or partial denials to the commission's request, which including obtaining voters' names, addresses, birth dates, political party registration and voter history, while also seeking more clarification about how the information would be used.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump blamed Democrats for illegal voting in the country, while defending his push for increased voter identification.
Mr Trump launched the voter fraud commission after having claimed, without any evidence, that "millions" of people had voted illegally and he would have otherwise lost the popular vote (his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, outpolled him by about 2.8 million votes).
According to US-based media reports, the reason behind the abrupt decision to shut down a White House commission on voter fraud was that the panel failed to provide any sufficient evidence that the U.S. elections were somehow corrupt. "System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D". There was no evidence of anything resembling fraud - and the fact that he pointed to places like New Hampshire - with its Republican governor - hinted at how ludicrous the charge actually was. It calls for transparency from the commission but applauds states that defy requests for public information.
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"It was a very clean election, " said Galvin, whose office oversees elections statewide.
Though Kobach would like you to believe otherwise, Trump's decision to dissolve the commission puts on hiatus Kobach's efforts to take his voter ID laws national.
"It is no surprise that a commission founded on a lie of widespread voter fraud proved to be a fraud itself".
Without proof, the President claimed millions of undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 election and his commission would get to the bottom of the issue.
Although the commission has previously requested states to hand over information on its voters, several like California and NY refused to comply.