Trump's election commission was a waste of money serving no proper objective

by Abel Hampton January 9, 2018, 0:40
Trump's election commission was a waste of money serving no proper objective

Occasionally, America's system of democracy exhibits its resilience by purging unworthy attempts to alter it.

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.

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday asking the Department of Homeland Security to review the commission's findings, essentially dissolving the panel, before casting blame onto his political opponents through Twitter.

In addition to activists and petition signers who put pressure on the Trump administration to end the fruitless hunt for voter fraud, the states did a lot of the damage to the commission by refusing to hand over requested voter information. Critics say that can make it harder for some people, including minorities, to vote because they are less likely to have certain IDs.

The commission itself was the fraud.

The Commission has even been sued by one of its own members for failing to operate transparently and for not including all members on communications regarding the work of the Commission. "Indiana law doesn't permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach", Lawson said in a statement released last July.

The commission demanded state voter registration information that Simon refused to turn over, saying it was illegal to provide some of the information, and voicing concern about how it might be used.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, made headlines when he told the commission it could "jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from". Twenty states refused the commission's information requests completely, and 44 states balked at substantial parts of it. "MS residents should celebrate Independence Day and our State's right to protect the privacy of our citizens by conducting our own electoral processes". In announcing the disbanding of the commission Wednesday, the president insisted his panel's effectiveness had been disrupted by the states' refusal to cooperate.

Trump said in a statement various states have declined to provide the voter fraud commission with information that can support its inquiries and thus the president chose to disband the group to mitigate legal battles that cost taxpayers' money. Instead, it said that the job of rooting out voter fraud will fall to the Department of Homeland Security.

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