CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who was heavily criticized for joining President Donald Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission, says he is disappointed it has been disbanded.

Trump created the commission to investigate the 2016 presidential election, after alleging repeatedly and without evidence that voter fraud cost him the popular vote. The White House blamed the decision to end the panel Wednesday on more than a dozen states that have refused to comply with the commission’s demand for reams of personal voter data, including names, partial Social Security numbers, voting histories and party affiliations.

Critics blasted the commission as a biased panel determined to curtail voting rights.

Gardner, a Democrat, said Thursday he saw the commission as a chance to explore why many Americans have lost confidence in the election process.