At the end of a day featuring a Trump White House reeling over a new book pitting former presidential advisor against the President, the White House had a surprise announcement that the so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was being dissolved.
Citing the refusal of states to provide requested information on voters, Trump announced that the commission was disbanded on the evening of January 3rd in a press statement.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach played a major role on the Commission. Kobach has fought for years in various legal arenas to make it more difficult to vote.
Advocates reacted strongly and quickly to the surprising and sudden end of the controversial voting commission.
“The President’s Election Integrity Commission was a vehicle launched for the sole purpose of laying the groundwork to promote voter suppression policies on a national scale. This unprecedented effort demonstrated this administration’s clear hostility to voting rights. 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, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
“Good riddance. From the start, it was clear that the Pence-Kobach commission lacked integrity and credibility. It’s telling that even in this announcement to its long overdue demise, President Trump continues the false narrative that there is ‘substantial evidence of voter fraud,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
“Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Election Integrity Commission’ was a scam and a fraud from beginning to end. Its purpose was never to make elections stronger: it was to twist and distort the facts in order to help justify onerous new restrictions on the right to vote designed to help Republicans rig our democracy in their own favor. This is a major victory for every activist who has called out this sham commission for what it is. Good riddance to bad rubbish,” said People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker.
There is no substantial proof of widespread illegal voting or voter fraud in the 2016 election. Trump’s election commission was a political distraction after he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by over 3 million voters.
“As Americans, you need identification, sometimes in a very strong and accurate form, for almost everything you do…..except when it comes to the most important thing, VOTING for the people that run your country. Push hard for Voter Identification!,” tweeted President Trump on January 4.
“Despite demise of his sham “election integrity” commission Trump is still pushing giant lie of massive voter fraud & wants nationwide voter suppression,” journalist Ari Berman tweeted as an answer back to the President. Berman is the author of “Give Us the Ballot.”