II. Federal-State Updates
Emails…why is it always emails? According to The Hill, in its lawsuit against the presidential election commission, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law states that a attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice revealed at a meeting earlier this month that members of the presidential commission have been using their personal email accounts rather than federal government-issued accounts to conduct business of the commission.
“Such use of personal email violates the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which Congress amended in 2014 specifically to require that all persons covered by the PRA — including members of this Commission — use official federal government email to conduct government business,” the Lawyer’s Committee argued in a status report.
The commission is set to meet on Sept. 12 in New Hampshire and according to WMUR the agenda for the meeting has a heavy emphasis on voter confidence in the process. Secretary of State William Gardner told New Hampshire Primary Source that he was involved in formulating the agenda and has tried to gather experts in the history of election turnout statistics and how “integrity issues” have affected turnout over the past several decades. Vice President Mike Pence who is chair of the commission will not be at the meeting and the meeting will be lead by Vice Chairman Kris Kobach.
Idaho—The secretary of state’s office announced this week that it has complied with the request from the election commission after the commission completed the state’s official public records request form and paid the $20 fee to obtain the records electronically. "They filled out the same request like everyone else," Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst told KBSX. "We didn't have to deny anything because they just asked for public information."
North Carolina: North Carolina has also forwarded the election commission a copy of the publicly available voter information. The information sent to the commission does not include social security numbers, signatures and dates of birth. According to the News & Observer, the state also sent a copy of the audit from the 2016 election which found 508 people — mostly convicted felons serving active sentences — had voted illegally.
In an accompanying letter to the commission, Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the board of elections cautioned that instances of noncitizen voting are not easy to catch.
“North Carolina voters who appeared to be non-citizens based on DMV data were later confirmed to be U.S. citizens 97.6 percent of the time” when checked against a Homeland Security database, she wrote. Even the check against the Homeland Security list does not produce completely accurate results, she wrote. After the 2016 election, 34 people listed as noncitizens in both the Division of Motor Vehicles and Homeland Security databases produced evidence of citizenship, she wrote.