President Trump disbands controversial commission on election irregularity

Kans. Secretary of State Kris Kobach was the commission's vice chairman

January 04, 2018 - 5:31 am

President Donald Trump is disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission amid infighting, lawsuits and state officials' refusal to cooperate.

The president appointed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice chairman of that commission. Kobach remains a Republican candidate for Kansas Governor in 2018.

Trump convened the commission to investigate the 2016 presidential election, after alleging that voting fraud cost him the popular vote. Trump won the Electoral College.

The White House blamed the decision to end the panel on more than a dozen states that have refused to comply with the commission's demand for reams of personal voter data, including names, partial Social Security numbers, voting histories and party affiliations.

Kobach said the commission's work was beset with "endless and meritless legal challenges."

Critics saw the commission as part of a conservative campaign to make it harder for poor people and minority voters to access the ballot box, and to justify Trump's claims of voter fraud, which they said were not backed by evidence.

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