Critics worry as Trump voter probe goes to Homeland Security

United States President Donald J. Trump departs after making remarks at the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, flanked by the Commissions Vice Chair Chris Kobach (left) and Chairman, US Vice President Mike Pence (right) at The White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. Credit: Chris Kleponis / CNP - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Chris Kleponis/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Voting rights advocates and some state election officials are concerned by President Donald Trump's decision to have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security take over his voter fraud investigation.

Trump late Wednesday spiked a commission he had set up amid infighting and refusals by numerous states to cooperate.

But he transferred its mission to DHS. That concerns some election officials and experts who had been critical of the commission.

DHS could have broad legal authority to investigate Trump's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. That's because of a declaration at the end of President Barack Obama's administration that election infrastructure is vital to national security.

Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill called the prospect of a DHS investigation "ominous." Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said he's concerned about DHS working in secret.