On Wednesday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively dissolved the controversial commission on voter fraud he created in May 2017, citing states’ refusal to provide the commission with “basic information.”
The White House said in a statement: “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. Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action,” according to CNN.
Trump created the commission via executive order on May 11, 2017. The commission was a result of his claim that the 2016 presidential election was “rigged.” Even after he won the election, he continued to assert that millions of unauthorized immigrants had voted in the election. After he was sworn in, he announced that he would be asking for an investigation into voter fraud.
Where this leaves his claims of voter fraud remains unclear, but according to Time magazine, voter fraud has been found to be exceptionally rare.