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Trump shuts down voter fraud commission Trump shuts down voter fraud commission
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Trump disbands commission on voter fraud but still believes problem exists. Most Americans agree, but statistics say otherwise Trump disbands commission on voter fraud but still believes problem exists. Most Americans agree, but statistics say otherwise
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<b>Statistically, voter fraud in the United States is extraordinarily rare. Yet 34 states have some type of voter identification law to prevent impersonation at the ballot box. Trump and the majority of Americans support these laws, but many others believe the laws are designed to prevent people from voting, in particular people of color and lower-income Americans. </b> <b>Statistically, voter fraud in the United States is extraordinarily rare. Yet 34 states have some type of voter identification law to prevent impersonation at the ballot box. Trump and the majority of Americans support these laws, but many others believe the laws are designed to prevent people from voting, in particular people of color and lower-income Americans. </b>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">President Donald J. Trump announced on Thursday that he will </span><a href="https://www.apnews.com/67f6a7741a534b629184e4e8f939bbb3"><span style="font-weight: 400;">disband the commission </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">tasked with investigating voter fraud in federal elections. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commission of Electoral Integrity</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was established </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in May 2017 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">after Trump claimed that at least </span><a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/802972944532209664?lang=en"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">million people voted illegally</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the 2016 presidential election, which he says enabled Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote by 2.9 million votes. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">President Donald J. Trump announced on Thursday that he will </span><a href="https://www.apnews.com/67f6a7741a534b629184e4e8f939bbb3"><span style="font-weight: 400;">disband the commission </span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">tasked with investigating voter fraud in federal elections. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commission of Electoral Integrity</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was established </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in May 2017 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">after Trump claimed that at least </span><a href="https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/802972944532209664?lang=en"><span style="font-weight: 400;">3 </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">million people voted illegally</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in the 2016 presidential election, which he says enabled Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote by 2.9 million votes. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump said a lack of cooperation from democratic states, which</span><a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948872192284155904"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> refused to provide state election data </span></a>to the commission, <span style="font-weight: 400;">was the reason behind the decision. The president continues to believe that there is <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/">"substantial evidence of voter fraud."</a></span>  <span style="font-weight: 400;">Trump said a lack of cooperation from "Democrat States," which</span><a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948872192284155904"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> refused to provide state election data </span></a>to the commission, <span style="font-weight: 400;">was the reason behind the decision. The president continues to believe that there is <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-executive-order-establishment-presidential-advisory-commission-election-integrity/">"substantial evidence of voter fraud."</a></span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission,” reads the statement. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">“Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission,” reads the statement. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">The committee wasn’t able to prove Trump's claims on voter fraud. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf">Several studies</a> have already researched the topic </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Brennan Center)</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. None of these investigations found non-eligible residents voting at a significant level.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">The committee wasn’t able to prove Trump's claims on voter fraud. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf">Several studies</a> have already researched the topic </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Brennan Center)</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">. None of these investigations found non-eligible residents voting at a significant level.</span>
<h2>Study findings at odds with common beliefs</h2> <h2>Study findings at odds with common beliefs</h2>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Voter fraud does occur in limited numbers. </span><a href="https://votingrights.news21.com/article/election-fraud/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">News21</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an investigative project headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, found 10 cases of voter impersonation between 2000-2012, which works out to roughly 1 in every 15 million voters. The </span><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brennan Center for Justice</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> compiled a list in January of additional studies and court cases that found similar figures. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Voter fraud does occur in limited numbers. </span><a href="https://votingrights.news21.com/article/election-fraud/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">News21</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an investigative project headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, found 10 cases of voter impersonation between 2000-2012, which works out to roughly 1 in every 15 million voters. The </span><a href="https://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/analysis/Briefing_Memo_Debunking_Voter_Fraud_Myth.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brennan Center for Justice</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> compiled a list in January of additional studies and court cases that found similar figures. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">While voter fraud is rare, many states have voter identification laws aimed at preventing impersonation. The National Conference of State Legislatures</span><a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> tallied 34 states</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with laws that require showing some form of ID at the ballot box. Seven states have strict government-issued photo ID requirements. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">While voter fraud is rare, many states have voter identification laws aimed at preventing impersonation. The National Conference of State Legislatures</span><a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> tallied 34 states</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with laws that require showing some form of ID at the ballot box. Seven states have strict government-issued photo ID requirements. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Democrats tend to be the fiercest critics of voter ID laws. They don't believe that voter fraud is a serious problem and view voter ID laws as <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">purposefully targeting</a> Democratic voters. They say typically Democratic voters, such as voters from lower-income communities and communities of color, are less likely to be able to afford the fees and time needed to obtain a government ID. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Democrats tend to be the fiercest critics of voter ID laws. They don't believe that voter fraud is a serious problem and view voter ID laws as <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">purposefully targeting</a> Democratic voters. They say typically Democratic voters, such as voters from lower-income communities and communities of color, are less likely to be able to afford the fees and time needed to obtain a government ID. </span>
"As Republican politicians try to make it harder to vote, Democrats are working to expand access to the polls," reads an <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">official Democratic Party statement</a> on voter ID. "As Republican politicians try to make it harder to vote, Democrats are working to expand access to the polls," reads an <a href="https://www.democrats.org/issues/voting-rights">official Democratic Party statement</a> on voter ID.
The Democratic Party, however, is largely fighting against popular belief. A 2016 <a href="http://news.gallup.com/poll/194741/four-five-americans-support-voter-laws-early-voting.aspx">Gallup poll found that 80 percent</a> of Americans support photo ID in order to vote. <span style="font-weight: 400;">A large number of Americans also believes that voter fraud exists. </span> The Democratic Party, however, is largely fighting against popular belief. A 2016 <a href="http://news.gallup.com/poll/194741/four-five-americans-support-voter-laws-early-voting.aspx">Gallup poll found that 80 percent</a> of Americans support photo ID in order to vote. <span style="font-weight: 400;">A large number of Americans also believes that voter fraud exists. </span>
<a href="http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/views-on-the-american-election-process-and-perceptions-of-voter-fraud-issue-brief.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">APNORC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a research project led by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago, polled 1,022 adults in 2016 to gauge their thoughts on the integrity of federal elections. One-third of participants believed that there is a “great deal” of voter fraud. More than one-fourth said that there is “some fraud.”</span> <a href="http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/HTML%20Reports/views-on-the-american-election-process-and-perceptions-of-voter-fraud-issue-brief.aspx"><span style="font-weight: 400;">APNORC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a research project led by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago, polled 1,022 adults in 2016 to gauge their thoughts on the integrity of federal elections. One-third of participants believed that there is a “great deal” of voter fraud. More than one-fourth said that there is “some fraud.”</span>
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