Husted Reacts To End Of Trump's Election Commission
Husted Reacts To End Of Trump's Election Commission
Jessica Rinaldi Globe Staff File Secretary of State William Galvin
07 January, 2018, 00:50
President Donald Trump abruptly shut down his signature voter fraud commission on Wednesday and instead kicked the issue to the Department of Homeland Security.
Leaders from dozens of states including Democratic-leaning bastions such as NY and Trump-won Republican states such as Texas, either refused to comply with the commission requests completely or rejected them in part citing privacy laws.
Dunlap says that moving the inquiry to DHS is "utterly alarming".
"Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud", he wrote. "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action".
Trump said there was no reason to continue the commission when the work being done could be carried out by existing agencies.
"We mounted successful litigation against the administration that exposed its failure to abide by federal transparency requirements and vowed to keep fighting until the commission was terminated", said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The email's subject line was "Dissolution of the Commission".
The list of activists and organizations that challenged the commission is lengthy, including numerous nation's most prominent civil rights groups and good-government nonprofits. "All trying to stop the commission in its tracks".
Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the panel, said, in so many words, Democrats - who were part of the commission - should have been careful what they wished for.
The commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, had requested details such as voters' names and party affiliations, birth dates, felony conviction records, voting histories for the past decade and the last four digits of all voters' Social Security numbers. "In a flawless world, the commission would've moved swiftly and there wouldn't be any lawsuits".
Trump, who won the electoral college but lost the popular vote, repeatedly alleged he lost the peoples' vote because of voter fraud.
Past studies have found voter fraud to be exceptionally rare.
The commission, created in May, held just two meetings - one in July and another in September.
Ho encouraged an examination of real problems when it comes to elections: low voter turnout, unnecessary barriers to participation, outdated and insecure machines and reported foreign interference. The first question among many is what the commission intends to do with the data that it has already collected from the states.
Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who now runs the voting rights group Let America Vote, called the commission un-American in a statement.
"If the president seems fine with that now, then all the better for all of us".
"Ironically, what was to be a feather in Kobach's cap is now looking like it's a detriment to his gubernatorial campaign", Beatty said. Kobach was one of a few state officials to support Trump's contention of widespread fraud.
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