The demise of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is great news for every American who values a free and fair ballot. President Donald Trump formed the commission last May. He falsely claimed millions of illegal votes cost him a popular vote victory in 2016, and he wanted an investigation to prove it. The commission, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, met just twice. It eventually crumpled under an avalanche of lawsuits, secrecy, poor management and discord. Few will regret the commission’s collapse. This saves the nation from a final report Kobach and others undoubtedly would have used to restrict voter rights in advance of the 2018 midterm elections.
It must be repeated: There is no evidence of widespread voter impersonation fraud in the United States. There is no evidence that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016. No legitimate commission investigation would have found otherwise.
Despite its ugly end, the commission — paid for by taxpayers — did damage. It allowed conspiracy-minded Americans to press their case for nonexistent voter fraud, with Kobach as their champion.
Fair-minded Americans know the truth. Our real election challenges have nothing to do with voter fraud.