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 II. Federal-State Updates

Maine Secretary of State Mathew Dunlap, a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has filed a lawsuit against the commission claiming that he and other members of the voter fraud panel are being shut out of the process.

According to Maine Public Radio, Dunlap says he has heard nothing about the activities of the commission for nearly two months. After his repeated attempts to contact the commission’s leadership, Dunlap says he decided to file a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“I guess the real question for me is: Why I didn’t do it sooner,” he told MPR.

Election commission member J. Christian Adams has sent an email to the Department of Justice suggesting that the DOJ is not pursuing voter fraud cases as vigorously as it should be.

“As far as I can tell, there has not been a single prosecution whatsoever for any double voting or any non-citizen voting. I know with certainty that multiple instances of double voting and alien voting have been brought to the attention of the appropriate federal officials, and no action has been taken. Of course when you don’t prosecute crimes, you tend to have more crimes,” Adams wrote according to the Huffington Post.

Idaho: Following a report in the Idaho Statesman that questions the security of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, who called the system “sloppy” said the state is re-evaluating its participation in the program.

Illinois: During a hearing this week of a joint state House and Senate committee, Democratic lawmakers urged that the state withdraw from the Crosscheck program. “For months now it has been very obvious that millions of Illinoisans’ personal data is at risk because of our participation in this program,” state Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, said at the hearing. “As soon as possible, the (State Board of Elections) should say the logical thing, which is, ‘We cannot participate in this program because it is putting Illinois at risk.”