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Trump: Dem states refused to turn over information to voter fraud panel

Trump: Dem states refused to turn over information to voter fraud panel
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE early Thursday accused some blue states of refusing to turn over data in order to hide individuals “voting illegally," making his case for voter identification one day after disbanding his voter fraud commission.

“Many mostly Democrat States refused to hand over data from the 2016 Election to the Commission On Voter Fraud. 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.,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

"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. Push hard for Voter Identification!” the president added in a subsequent tweet.

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The president on Wednesday dissolved the commission, which he established last year to probe his unsubstantiated assertions that widespread voter fraud occurred during the 2016 election. The White House cited states that did not comply with the request for data in his decision.

Many states last year either refused to adhere to the Trump administration’s request for data or pushed back on the call for the information.

But not only blue states were part of the dissent. Delbert Hosemann, the Republican Mississippi secretary of State, said last June that the president’s voter fraud commission could "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico."