II. Federal-State Updates
Protect Democracy Project and United to Protect Democracy, two groups that include former Obama Administration lawyers filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C. seeking an injunction against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The motion cited reports of people withdrawing their voter registration in response to the commission’s request for information — proof, the motion argues, that the court should stop the Trump group from collecting the data now before it does more harm.
Mathew Dunlap, Maine secretary of state and Democratic member of the advisory commission told the Huffington Post that he still has no idea what the commission is working on and when it may meet again.
I don’t know that we’re ever going to meet again, to tell you the truth. We certainly haven’t talked about it,” Dunlap told the HuffPost. “I think it is a possibility. We haven’t heard about any future meetings. We talked about a meeting in November ― that was back in July. We haven’t had anything further about it. ... It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t meet again.”
However, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner (D) told the Concord Monitor that he doesn’t see a reason for alarm with the commission.
“I haven’t had any communications, but I don’t have any expectations,” he told the paper. “You can’t always judge a book by its cover, and you can’t always judge the end result by the beginning. So this is a work in progress in my opinion.”
Arizona: Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office said this week that although the Department of Homeland Security informed the state the voter registration system had been targeted a second time, it was not true. “We were glad to find out that the instances that DHS was reporting was essentially low-level scans of computer systems at local government levels,” Matt Roberts, spokesman for the secretary’s office said. “They were not of the Arizona state registration database.”