The full commission has not met since September.
Although Trump and Blackwell blamed Democrats, a number of Republican state officials were reluctant to give the commission all the information it sought.
The Brennan Center for Justice in New York reported that as of October of last year, California, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina and Vermont had refused to provide any information to the commission, Ohio and 16 other states turned over limited statistics they said were not shielded by state law, and 14 other states had not made a decision on whether to comply.
In a statement Thursday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said voting “has always been a state responsibility and we will continue to ensure that in Ohio it is easy to vote and hard to cheat, rooting out instances of voter fraud and holding those guilty accountable.”
Trump created the commission because of his claim – which never has been proven – that as many as five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Blackwell, however, said last year the panel was not designed to prove or dis-prove Trump’s claim.
Democrats denounced the commission, charging that conservative Republicans have failed for years to prove the U.S. election system is plagued by widespread fraud.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said the commission “found no fraud because there had been no fraud, and it should not be revived by the Department of Homeland Security.”
In a statement, Hoyer called the commission “a waste of taxpayer resources and had no other purpose than to make it harder for millions of eligible voters to cast ballots in our elections. It represented a culmination of years of Republican efforts to roll back basic voting rights.”