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electionlineWeekly — July 20, 2017

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 II. Federal/ State Update

The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI) held its first meeting this week. While the focus in the weeks leading up to the first meeting seemed to be on voter fraud, when President Donald J. Trump addressed the commission, he said that no conclusions have been drawn.

“You will fairly and objectively follow the facts wherever they may lead,” he told the panel.

The panel touched upon a few other topics including voting machines, funding for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, voter ID and cybersecurity.

Electionline Director Emeritus Doug Chapin provided his take on the meeting here.

In other PACEI news since last we wrote the commission released hundreds of emails it received from citizens concerned about the voter data request and what impacts that may have on their privacy. When the commission released the emails, it failed to redact any information including emails, addresses, and phone numbers.

Elections officials continue to express concern about how the data the commission may receive from states will be kept secure.

Seventy-five House Democrats signed a letter to the PACEI this week asking it to withdraw the data request. “At a time when the personally identifiable data of Americans is under constant attack from hackers and criminals seeking to engage in identity theft, the commission's request to collect and centrally store the personal data of hundreds of millions of Americans poses risks that cannot be fully mitigated," the letter states.

To-date there are at least seven pending federal lawsuits against the PACEI as well as a handful of suits at the state level.