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II. Federal-State Updates

Attorneys for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity have responded to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s lawsuit filed in an attempt to find out what’s been happening on the commission since Dunlap, a commission appointee, claims he had heard nothing.

According to the Union Leader, in their response to Dunlap’s lawsuit the commission’s lawyers argue that Dunlap is “seeking judicial micromanagements of the commission’s operations through a vague injunction that would frustrate rather than further the public interest.”

In an amicus brief filed this week, a group of technology experts and former national security officials urged the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to halt the collection of voter information and the creation of a planned nationwide voter registration database. The brief warns that the Administration’s plan to create a centralized database would become an attractive target for hackers.

During a December 6 Council on Foreign Relations event, Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) implied that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election will be light on federal legislative proposals. “The determination of how states run their elections: states. It’s their responsibility, and we don’t want to do anything to change that,” Burr said at the event according to FCW.