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electionlineWeekly — September 21, 2017

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 II. Federal-State Update

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Sen. Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) have introduced federal legislation that would require the government to audit the president’s election commission. "There is simply no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the United States," Bennet said in a statement. "The commission is wasting taxpayer money investigating the president's invented claims about voter fraud, while serious threats like Russian interference in our elections go unaddressed."

During a 90-minute hearing of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, an advisory panel to Senate Democratic leadership, members stressed that voting rights must be at the top of Congress’ agenda and that the president’s election commission must be stopped.

Hawaii: Although there have not been reports of Hawaii voters unregistering in large numbers following the data request from the presidential election commission, county elections officials do report that quite a few have expressed concerns and complained about the data sharing. Honolulu has not yet sent its list of voters because the election commission has not paid $153 in fees as requested.

Nebraska: Secretary of State John Gale said he still needs more answers from the elections commission about data security and access before he will release the state’s data.