Trump dissolves voter fraud commission News
Trump dissolves voter fraud commission

US President Donald Trump [official profile] on Wednesday revoked [executive order] the May executive order [JURIST report] that created the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.”

This order terminates the Trump administration’s investigation into alleged voter fraud during the 2016 election.

The administration cited [press release] the fact that “many states have refused to provide … basic information relevant to its inquiry.” The commission’s investigation was fraught [NYT report], facing multiple lawsuits [JURIST report] asserting it failed to meet various federal requirements, including one from Matthew Dunlap, a commission member, and the Maine secretary of state, claiming he was unlawfully left out of deliberations.

The commission sought to verify Trump’s repeated claims that his popular vote loss to Hillary Clinton was due to widespread voter fraud. The administration hinted that they would continue to pursue the claims through the Department of Homeland Security. A spokesperson for homeland security, Tyler Houlton, said on Wednesday [NYT report] that “the department continues to focus our efforts on securing elections against those who seek to undermine the election system or its integrity.”