"Donald Trump's so-called election integrity commission was a scam and a fraud from beginning to end", said Marge Baker, executive vice president of the progressive People for the American Way.
"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", the White House said in a statement. The White House blamed the disbanding of the commission on individual states which refused to share voter data with his commission, saying, "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action".
President Donald Trump strongly endorsed a national voter identification law Thursday, repeating his claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election.
While there have been isolated cases of voter fraud in the US, past studies have found it to be exceptionally rare.
The shutting down of the commission was a major blow for Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and the panel's vice chairman.
While dissolving the commission, the administration did not concede the rarity of voter fraud in modern American elections.
An AP tally showed 15 states and the District of Columbia denied the commission's request for detailed voter data, some of which are Republican-leaning.
Most recently, the commission was sued by one of its own members, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat, who claimed he was blocked from getting information about the group's activities.
"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.
The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, said in a statement that "the commission never had anything to do with election integrity".
Culliton-González and other activists credit legal challenges and fierce opposition from voting rights and civil rights groups for the demise of the commission.
"The Department of Homeland Security was created with the primary goal of protecting this country from the real threat of terrorist attacks, not to waste its resource on chasing the unicorn of voter fraud", said Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
"DHS has more statutory authority to get information from states than the Kobach commission did, " she said.
More than 40 state secretaries of state from both sides of the aisle, with support from their governors and legislatures, rejected the demands on the appropriate grounds that election administration is a state prerogative. "It was a change in tactics", Kobach told USA TODAY. The group's last meeting was in September. Von Spakovsky said he wasn't consulted in advance about the president's decision to dissolve the commission and found out about it from the same email that Dunlap and other commission members received.
During the panel's first meeting, Trump questioned the motives of states refusing to comply with the commission's requests, suggesting they had something to hide. They included concerns that the commission's ultimate goal was voter suppression primarily targeting the poor and minorities, voter privacy and issues of states' rights.
The meeting, which lasted almost three hours, was brought forward by a day and followed an earlier meeting of army generals. The summit comes as demonstrators took to the streets of Karachi to protest Trump and the U.S.
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