Trump Comes Out Hard For Voter ID: 'System Is Rigged'

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The statement later was changed to read "President Donald J. Trump" instead of "I".

"Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud", he wrote.

President Donald Trump has shut down the controversial White House commission he created to investigate voter fraud, but he has handed the inquiry off the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Times and Washington Post report.

President Donald Trump has dissolved the commission investigating alleged voter fraud that it said happened during the 2016 election. Several states refused to provide the commission with requested voter information, which prevented it from performing its job.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was co-chairman, with Vice President Mike Pence, of the ill-fated and unnecessary Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that the "system is rigged" and called for a move toward "voter ID".

Dunlap provided BuzzFeed News with a copy of an email time-stamped at 6:49 p.m. on Wednesday from the commission's designated federal officer, Andrew Kossack, notifying the commission members about the president's decision to dissolve the group. "There is no proof of widespread illegal voting or voter fraud in the 2016 election".

Democrats and voting rights groups were quick to cheer the panel's demise.

"The commission's entire goal was to legitimize voter suppression", Vanita Gupta, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and former head of the Justice Departments Civil Rights Division, told the Times.

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Despite the closure, Trump repeated his claim that there is "substantial evidence of voter fraud".

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.

More than a dozen states, as well as the District of Columbia, had rebuffed the commission's request for voter data, citing privacy concerns and a fear that complying would legitimize the idea that voter fraud is widespread.

Kobach told the Topeka Capital-Journal last week that although the commission's work had been delayed because of the lawsuits, it would meet in January.

On Thursday, Kobach told the AP that the Department of Homeland Security could move forward by checking its list of non-citizens living in the US against voter registration data.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the White House would send the commission's preliminary findings to the department "and make determinations on the best way forward from that point".

"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.

Among her concerns is that DHS may try to get voter information from states. She also said the department is going to face similar obstacles in seeking information from the states.

"Trump's "'Election Integrity' commission was built to encourage and enable voter suppression", tweeted Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., top Democrat in the House.

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