WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trumps has not backed away from allegations of Voter Fraud, that millions of illegally cast balloting cost him the popularity vote back in 2016, however his efforts seem to have stalled.
Trump has transferred the activity of the commission investigation of his claim to the Department of Homeland Security. This calendar week, the administrative division top official ready-made it quite clear that, when it comes to governmental elections, her focus will always be with safeguarding state as well as local voting instrumentation from cybernetics and other forms of manipulation.
While Department of Justice has wide dominance to look into any-kind of voter fraud assertion, White House officials stated in the past that Homeland Security was and is the best federal agency to take-over the work of the disbanded Presidential Advisory Committee associated with Election Integrity. A Justice Dept official refused any further commentary this calendar week on whether or not the agency had been conducting some reviews relating to voter-fraud, however they did confirm that no voter information gathered by or through the commission, nor any kind of analysis of said data, was presented to the federal agency ahead of the commission being disbanded.
The ending of this commission is very much welcomed news to voting rights advocation concerned that it’s final goal is promoting voter-suppression rendezvous. They and many state elected officials have been alarmed whenever the commission issued a request to states past spring for elaborated info on their voters, also including Social-Security numbers, birth dates, addresses as well as voting history.
“The commission was an unprecedented attempt to make it harder for ordinary Americans to vote and have their voices heard,” said Kristen Clarke, the head of Lawyers’ Committee on Civil-Rights, which sued alleging that the commission desecrated laws needing total transparency. “In the end, it was a massive failure of this administration, making clear that this is an governance that doesn’t place a premium on the right to vote.”
A Conspiracy Talk News tally showed 15 states, including District of Columbia, refused to turn-over any voter data, citing privacy concerns, yet a handful of some others had still to decide by the time President Trump ended this commission. Several of the states which pushed back against the commission’s request for voter-data have been Republicans-leaning, that included North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and even Wyoming.
White House announcement of dissolving the actual commission said Donald Trump had “asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action.” However the director of the White House Information Technology, Mr.Charles C. Herndon, pointed out in recently filed court written document, the commission didn’t create any preliminary findings before it had been disbanded. He has also said that “none of the voter data collected by the commission will be transferred to or accessed by Homeland Security or any other federal agency, with the possible exception of the National Archives and Records Administration.”
Herndon stated that the White House intentional wanted to destroy this voter-data.
This past calendar week, Homeland-Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified that her government agency views cyber-security as it’s topmost election-related priority and that they are focused on continued to working with state as well as local government officials to be able to secure their election systems from any cyber threats including hackers. She named voter fraud a being a “large topic” that covers assorted federal governmental agency.
“The part that DHS plays, we are looking at the integrity of the cyber systems,” Nielsen told U.S. senators at a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill. “We will continue to work with states and localities on that.”
Back in 2017, Homeland Security designated election-systems as “critical infrastructure,” equal with the electrical grid and also the water supply. A 27-member administrative unit was created using representatives coming from federal, state and even local governance. A cardinal precedence has been to set up a cognitive process for sharing intelligence.
Nielsen did note however, that Homeland-Security had been and will be available for assistance to states that have anxiety about non-citizen votes in federal-elections.
When asked if the department intended to look into claims of voter-fraud, spokesperson Tyler Q. Houlton confirmed in an email that it’s working with “limited number” of states including counties who want to verify citizenship status of American voters through a system run by the US. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The government agency also will be evaluating just how it might provide extra aid to states, Houlton explained.
While there are isolated cases with voter fraud inside the US., there is no clear evidence of it being a widespread issue.
Former vice-chairman of the Trump commission – Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — stated previously, he planned to “advise Homeland Security on the commission’s work.” This past week, he claimed he hasn’t had any communicating with the administrative division, but continues to be in contact with the White House.
“When the president disbanded the commission, he did so with the expectation that DHS will take over the investigation,” Kobach stated within an interview.
It is not really clear what, if anything at all, Trump administration may do now to further investigate the president’s voter-fraud claims.