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 II. Federal-State Updates

Late Wednesday, The White House issued a statement saying that President Donald J. Trump had signed an executive order to dissolve the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The president remained steadfast in his belief that voter fraud was a major issue, but in his statement, the president said: “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.”

Screen Shot 2018 01 04 at 9.05.59 AMOn Twitter Thursday morning, the president lamented the need to disband the commission and said with the commission now gone, focus should be on voter ID. Currently 34 states require some form of ID in order to cast a ballot.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democratic member of PACEI appeared on NPR and spoke with Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep about the decision to dissolve the commission.

And in an interview with The Washington Post, Dunlap expressed concerns about the decision to move the review to the Department of Homeland Security.

“I think people who are saying ‘the witch is dead’ should be very alarmed by this move,” he told the paper. “I think that’s very dangerous.”

In other news, according to a report in Politico, states wishing to have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conduct a security screening may have to wait up to nine months for the screening. The nine-month wait is “not a good metric” for states hoping to boost their security, admitted Christopher Krebs, one of the DHS officials leading election security efforts. “We are working to prioritize.”