A Democrat on Trump’s voter commission asked for updates. He was ignored. Now he’s suing.
The presidential commission tasked with proving that voter fraud is a major problem in American elections is being sued by one of its own members.
On Thursday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of four Democrats appointed to the 11-member Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the commission is intentionally keeping information away from him and other Democrats on the panel. In the lawsuit, Dunlap charges that the commission, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, is in violation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, a measure that requires presidential advisory committees to share information with its members and maintain a politically balanced roster.
“The Commission has, in effect, not been balanced because Secretary Dunlap and the other Democratic commissioners have been excluded from the Commission’s work,” the lawsuit states. “The Commission’s operations have not been open and transparent, not even to the commissioners themselves, who have been deprived access to documents prepared by and viewed by other commissioners.”
The voter commission was formed by an executive order issued by President Donald Trump earlier this year “in order to promote fair and honest Federal elections.” As ProPublica notes, the panel has only met twice since being created, but has racked up a number of lawsuits in its short time of operation (Dunlap’s suit is the ninth official lawsuit against the commission), many of them concerned with the commission’s lack of transparency and fears that voter information will be compromised. In October, Dunlap expressed concerns that the commission was prematurely wrapping up its activities after its second meeting, telling the Washington Post, “For all I know, we may never Read More Here