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II. Federal-State Updates

New Hampshire: Secretary of State William Gardner (D) released hundreds of pages of documents related to his service on the president’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in response to right-to-know requests from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire and other groups and individuals. The documents include about the commission’s Sept. 12 meeting, emails commission staff laying out ethics rules for public speaking, instruction and writing while serving. There are also emails from residents expressing concerns about their data being provided to the commission.

South Dakota: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs (R) sent a letter to the president’s election commission informing it that it may have access to the state’s publicly available voter registration information provided it pays the $2,500 fee associated with accessing the file.

Texas: Secretary of State Rolando Pablos (R) has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security disputing the department’s allegations that Russian hackers attempted to gain access to the state’s voting systems in advance of the 2016 election. “At no point were any election-related systems, software, or information compromised by malicious cyber actors,” Pablos wrote.

Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole, who stood behind claims that the Russians had attempted to hack the county’s voting system, admitted to the Dallas Morning News that she misunderstood statements and reports she received from federal authorities and that hackers did not, in fact, attempt to gain access to the county’s web servers.

Also in Texas, Judge Tim Sulak of the Austin-based 353rd Texas Civil District Court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Secretary of State Rolando Pablows form providing the presidential election commission with the state’s voter registration data.