Grimes responds to disbandment of Trump's voter fraud commission

01/04/2018 11:47 AM

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says voter rights are under attack in response to an announcement from the White House that President Donald Trump is dissolving the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.

Trump created the commission early last year to investigate his allegations of voter fraud during the 2016 presidential election. He claimed that three to five million people voted illegally.

Grimes had stymied efforts of the commission to view Kentucky voter data, denying multiple requests from the commission’s vice-chairman Kris Kobach to access the information.

The commission sent a first request at the end of June 2017, which Grimes and 43 other state election officials denied.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Grimes said:

“While the President is dissolving his sham voting commission, America’s democracy remains under siege from multiple fronts. In states across the country, the GOP continues to attack voting rights through gerrymandering and voter suppression. Still, too many politicians continue to perpetuate the myth of “massive voter fraud” — including the President himself.

“Disbanding this Commission also does not change the fact that the President refuses to accept that a foreign power interfered in the 2016 election and could be preparing to do the same this year. All of this further erodes collective faith in the democratic process and threatens the integrity of America’s free and fair elections. Ahead of November, we must remain committed to fighting suppressive tactics and securing our elections processes and systems. So, I again urge Congress to provide the remaining dollars under the Help America Vote Act, funds that are critical to states in the administration of elections.”

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