"Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry", Trump said in a brief statement early Wednesday evening. "They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally", he posted just after 6 a.m. "System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D.", he tweeted. Supporters of the laws, mostly Republicans, say they protect against voter fraud.
The commission was chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, but its driving force was Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
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.
Though Trump was powerless to save his commission, he also trumpeted his own global abilities, claiming credit for the resumption of long-stalled discussions between South Korea and North Korea.
He followed that up with another tweet asking Americans to "push hard for voter identification".
Neither the commision or the White House ever produced evidence to substantiate Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud.
On Thursday, Trump turned his attention to stronger voter ID laws.
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Trump established the commission in May to research "improper" voter registration procedures, systemic vulnerabilities and voting irregularities including any scenario where a person ineligible to vote becomes an eligible voter in a particular jurisdiction.
In a statement, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated Trump's oft-made claim of voter fraud, but said that "rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense", Trump had ended the commission and asked the Department of Homeland Security to take up the review of United States election systems.
"The President's Election Integrity Commission was a vehicle launched with the singular objective of laying the groundwork to promote voter suppression policies on a national scale", said Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
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". "The Department of Homeland Security is going to be able to move faster and more efficiently than a presidential advisory commission". In the lawsuit, Dunlap's lawyers said that the commission's "superficial bipartisanship has been a facade". But several states expressed concern over how such information might be used by the administration.
The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, said in a statement that "the commission never had anything to do with election integrity".
"DHS has more statutory authority to get information from states than the Kobach commission did, " she said.