WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump disbanding his voter fraud commission (all times local):
President Donald Trump says states that refused to cooperate with his voter fraud commission know that there were people in those states that voted illegally.
"Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud," Trump tweeted early Thursday. "They fought hard that the Commission not see their records or methods because they know that many people are voting illegally. System is rigged, must go to Voter I.D."
He said that "As Americans, you need identification, sometimes in a very strong and accurate form, for almost everything you do.....except when it comes to the most important thing, VOTING for the people that run your country."
Trump has claimed that he lost the popular vote in 2016 because of widespread voter fraud. But election experts say there are relatively few cases of fraud in voting.
President Donald Trump is disbanding his controversial voter fraud commission amid infighting, lawsuits and state officials' refusal to cooperate.
Trump convened the commission to investigate the 2016 presidential election, after alleging repeatedly and without evidence that voting fraud cost him the popular vote. Trump won the Electoral College.
The White House blamed the decision to end the panel on more than a dozen states that have refused to comply with the commission's demand for reams of personal voter data, including names, partial Social Security numbers, voting histories and party affiliations.