On Wednesday, the White House released a statement saying that Trump had "signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission", tasking the Department of Homeland Security "to review these issues and determine next courses of action". The 11-person commission was even sued by one of its members; Democratic Maine secretary of State Matt Dunlap said he was being denied full access to the panel's records, and last month a federal judge agreed.
The president said more than a dozen USA states had refused to hand over voters' personal data, including names, polling histories and party affiliations. Now, he said, the Department of Homeland Security will take up the cause. Trump's statement gave no indication what could happen to the sensitive voter files in the commission's possession, which the GAO said number in the tens of millions. He said the nation must institute a voter-identification system.
The commission was a contrived creation from the start, and the decision to kill it is another blow to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's ongoing efforts to suppress voting in America.
Though neither the White House nor the now-disbanded presidential commission ever produced any evidence to substantiate the president's claims of widespread voter fraud, Sanders maintained on Wednesday evening that "substantial evidence" exists.
Activists had long anxious that the White House commission would use concerns about supposed voter fraud to propose new measures making it more hard to vote.
In a series of Twitter posts Thursday, Trump blamed the commission's failures on "many mostly Democrat states" for refusing to hand over voter information.
In June, Grimes said she wouldn't comply with the committee's request for detailed information about Kentucky voters.
Michael Haas, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said some of the requested information is publicly available and "commonly purchased by political parties, candidates, researchers and other organizations".