II. Federal-State Updates
It seems like it will be 2018 before we hear much more from the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, at least according to an order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. In the order, Kollar-Kotelly noted that a Justice Department attorney told the court that the commission “will not meet in December.”
In a different DC court house, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit questioned whether privacy advocates have the right to sue the presidential election commission to try to block the collection of data. According to The Washington Post, the judges seemed skeptical of the specific harm collecting the data may cause.
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who is a Democratic member of the President’s election integrity committee has asked a federal court for an injunction in his request that the commission release documents he claims have been withheld from him. According to Maine Public Radio, if granted, the injunction would shorten the timeframe for the commission to respond to his complaint from two months to one week.
According to Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun offering security clearances to state officials so that they may more easily share classified information about the threat of cybersecurity attacks.
“We’re offering security clearances initially to senior election officials, and we’re also exploring additional clearances to other state officials,” Chris Krebs, a DHS senior official performing the duties of under secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate told a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. “These relationships are built and sustained on trust. Breaking that trust will have far-ranging consequences in our ability to collaboratively counter this growing threat.”
Illinois: In a 4-4 partisan vote, the state board of elections rejected an effort to remove Illinois from the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.