II. Federal-State Updates
NBC News has another article on the radio silence from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. While Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D) has been the most outspoken member of the commission about the silence, this article has quotes from New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner (D) and Alan King (D) the chief election official in Jefferson County, Alabama.
"It's my understanding that this commission is supposed to submit its recommendations in March 2018," King told the network. "I’m wondering when you take a two-and-half-month hiatus from meeting. ... I obviously think anyone would have concerns how a deadline like that is supposed to be met."
The American Civil Liberties Union has added concerns about personal privacy and data security to its list of complaints in a lawsuit against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. According to KMUW, The ACLU lawsuit cites concerns that the data-gathering effort would become a target for hackers, and by way of example points to indications that Kansas’ multistate Crosscheck voter registration system may not be secure. The defendants have yet to file an answer to the ACLU’s original lawsuit.
According to The Hill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Election Assistance Commission and voting equipment industry and nonprofit groups met recently to launch an election security Sector Coordinating Council (SCC). The SCC will represent the private sector as Homeland Security deliberates strategies and policies to protect critical infrastructure.
“The SCC framework provides a well-tested mechanism for sharing threat information between the Federal government and council partners, advancing risk-management efforts, and providing federal agencies with insight into the security landscape faced by industry,” David Wulf, acting deputy assistant secretary of the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection said in a statement.
Members of Congress from 18 of the 21 states that had their voting systems attacked in 2016 have sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan requesting briefings from the FBI and DHS. According to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, a spokeswoman for Ryan did not respond to a request for comment on the letter.