The House Administration Committee voted Tuesday to shut down the Election Assistance Commission just days after President Donald Trump vowed to launch an investigation into what he believes is a massive voter fraud totaling 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots.
Trump has repeated the accusation many times, but has never provided any evidence to back his assertions. No federal agency or voting rights groups have supported his claims.
“It is my firm belief that the EAC has outlived its usefulness and purpose,” said Chairman Gregg Harper of the House committee.
Democrats and voting rights groups, including Common Cause and the NAACP slammed the vote, with the Brennan Center for Justice, stating, “The EAC is the only federal agency which has as its central mission the improvement of election administration, and it undertakes essential activities that no other institution is equipped to address.”
The EAC is the only federal agency that ensures voting machines aren’t interfered with and provide a chance at a fair election.
The untimely motion is doubly concerning, since just recently, Russian hackers reportedly attempted to gain access to the voting system in more than 20 states during the 2016 election. Additionally, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration set up by President Barack Obama in 2014 reported an “impending crisis” in voting technology and the Brennan Center found that 42 states used voting machines in last year’s election that were outdated and ill-maintained.
The EAC has not outlived its usefulness. In fact, it’s needed now more than ever. But we need to improve it rather than replace it.
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