II. Federal-State Updates
This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously advanced a bill that would provide new tools for election security.
“In the wake of foreign efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections, which this Committee continues to investigate, I am pleased to see this bill contains comprehensive measures to enhance our election security,” Chairman Richard M. Burr of North Carolina said in a statement according to Roll Call. “It is vital that we ensure our voting process remains fair and free from undue influence.”
Also this week, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kelly declined to stay her earlier ruling that the president’s now defunct election integrity commission provide materials prepared and submitted by commissioners. “Plaintiff [Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap] ultimately should receive relevant documents that any of the former commissioners generated or received. This includes material that commissioners solicited and subsequently received from third parties," Kollar-Kelly wrote in her 57-page ruling.