Amid a lapse in communication and uncertainty for the future, some Democratic members of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission are growing restless. Nearly a month after the group came to New Hampshire, holding its second meeting at Saint Anselm College, neither Vice Chairman Kris Kobach nor any other commission member has made contact to discuss future plans, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told the Huffington Post on Tuesday. “I don’t know that we’re ever going to meet again, to tell you the truth,” Dunlap said. But New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner said he doesn’t see a reason for alarm. Speaking Wednesday, Gardner, also a Democrat, said he continues to support the goals of the commission, even if he too has not received communication from any of its members. “I haven’t had any communications, but I don’t have any expectations,” he said.
And despite the radio silence, Gardner plans to follow through on one of the commission’s most high-profile – and controversial – requests: providing New Hampshire’s voter checklists to the body for review. The lists, which include voters’ names, party affiliation and street addresses, are being prepared by the Attorney General’s office, to be released in a number of days according to Gardner.
“You can’t always judge a book by its cover, and you can’t always judge the end result by the beginning,” Gardner said. “So this is a work in progress in my opinion.”
The drop in correspondence comes during a stretch in which the commission appears to still be searching for its footing. Created in May and officially chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is tasked with examining the registration and voting processes used across the United States, with an aim to seeing which practices undermine the confidence of American voters.