Ohio Secretary of State Responds to Dissolution of Trump's Election Fraud Commission

Jan 5, 2018

In a written statement earlier this year, Husted said much of the voter registration information Trump's commission wanted was public record.
Credit KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding the commission he created to investigate what he claimed were millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. Ohio’s chief elections officer wasn’t a fan of the Election Integrity Commission to begin with.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has said voter fraud does exist in Ohio, but it’s rare. Husted said his office already does post-election investigations into claims of fraud and suppression, so in Ohio, a federal probe into fraud wasn’t necessary.

“If the president seems fine with that now, then all the better for all of us,” he said.

Husted says there was no need for the Election Integrity Commission in Ohio, though "I can’t speak for the 49 other states."

A White House statement blames many states for refusing to provide information to the commission. Husted sent a link of the publicly available Ohio database of voter information to the White House, but did not turn over data that isn’t public record in this state.