California Secretary of State Alex Padilla at a high school voter registration event in Vacaville in 2016. Photo courtesy Padilla’s office

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla slammed Donald Trump on social media after the president dissolved his controversial voter fraud commission and argued for new voter-identification laws.

“After the inevitable failure of his voter fraud commission, Trump is doubling down on his voter suppression crusade by calling for oppressive and discriminatory voter ID laws,” Padilla tweeted on Thursday.

President Trump has argued that he, not Hillary Clinton, would have won the popular vote in 2016 except for votes cast by illegal immigrants. He organized the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to investigate, but most states refused to comply with requests for detailed voter records with personal information.

Final, certified results showed Trump with 62,979,879 votes and Clinton with 65,844,954, but Trump won the electoral vote, which tends to favor smaller states.

“It is no surprise that a commission founded on a lie of widespread voter fraud proved to be a fraud itself. This is why I, and so many other Secretaries of State refused to legitimize this sham commission by refusing to comply with its unprecedented request for private voter data,” Padilla tweeted Wednesday.

Trump said it was “mostly Democrat States” that refused to hand over data, and asserted it was “because they know that many people are voting illegally.” He said the nation must institute a voter-identification system.

Padilla said voter identification requirements would serve to “disenfranchise the elderly, young, poor, and persons of color, who are less likely to have a government-issued ID.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.