President Trump may have killed his panel probing allegations of widespread voter fraud, but the controversy surrounding its mission appears destined to continue. Upon issuing an executive order last week terminating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — which met only twice and faced a flood of lawsuits — Trump said he had asked the Department of Homeland Security to take a look at the panel’s work and “determine next courses of action.” Boosters of the commission, including its vice chairman and driving force, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), are pushing for the DHS to focus on using data that the department collects on citizenship to ferret out illegal voters on state voting rolls.
In theory, such a massive undertaking could bolster the unproven — and widely derided — claim by Trump that launched the commission: that millions of illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Critics of the panel — including some of its Democratic members — say such an exercise remains misguided regardless of who conducts it.
“This is just another wild goose chase and a bad idea,” said Alan King, a probate judge in Alabama who was one of the more outspoken Democrats on the 11-member commission, whose work he characterized as aimed at voter suppression.