There’s no proof to support President Donald Trump’s repeated claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2016 election, according to a member of the disbanded commission set up to examine abuse at the ballot box. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who sat on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, wrote Friday that a review of documents shows the panel’s evidence of voter fraud is “glaringly empty.” Dunlap said the documents confirmed the commission’s “troubling bias” that assumed widespread fraud going into the review before any data had been collected.
The letter was addressed to Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired the commission, and vice-chair Kris Kobach, secretary of state for Kansas. Kobach, who is running for governor, has often aired the president’s unproved claims of massive voter fraud.
Since the disputed 2000 election, numerous government and private investigations and reports have found no substantial amount of voter fraud. Trump said 3 million to 5 million illegal votes took place.