Well, of course, there was no evidence, the Trump Administration does not believe in evidence.
Courtesy of the AP:
The now-disbanded voting integrity commission launched by the Trump administration uncovered no evidence to support claims of widespread voter fraud, according to an analysis of administration documents released Friday.
In a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who are both Republicans and led the commission, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said the documents show there was a “pre-ordained outcome” and that drafts of a commission report included a section on evidence of voter fraud that was “glaringly empty.”
“It’s calling into the darkness, looking for voter fraud,” Dunlap, a Democrat, told The Associated Press. “There’s no real evidence of it anywhere.”
Republican President Donald Trump convened the commission to investigate the 2016 presidential election after making unsubstantiated claims that between 3 million and 5 million ballots were illegally cast. Critics, including Dunlap, reject his claims of widespread voter fraud.
The Trump administration last month complied with a court order to turn over documents from the voting integrity commission to Dunlap. The commission met just twice and has not issued a report.
Kris Kobach argued back after this report came out and claimed that there were multiple thousands of cases of double voting and 1,000 convictions for voter fraud.
In response, Dunlap said those figures were never brought before the commission, and that Kobach hasn’t presented any evidence for his claims of double voting. He said the commission was presented with a report claiming over 1,000 convictions for various forms of voter misconduct since 1948.
“The plural of anecdote is not data,” Dunlap said in his Friday letter to the shuttered commission’s leaders.
A thousand convictions since 1948?
How many is that per municipal, state, and national election?
That is quite a groundswell of voter fraud right there.
Dunlap says that they were supposed to receive all of the information about the commission’s “research” as well as internal emails that might shed light on how they attained their data, but that has not been forthcoming.
Which of course raises the question, if your data is valid why would you NOT provide it to prove your case?
Unless of course there never was any evidence of voter fraud, and this whole thing was just a distraction to keep us from focusing on the real threat to our democracy which is coming from Russia.
Or am I just being a big old cynic?