A member of President Donald Trump’s voter fraud probe expressed deep frustration Tuesday over the way the commission has been run so far and doubted that the panel would ever meet again. Even though the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was formally created five months ago and has conducted two public meetings, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D) told HuffPost that he still has no idea what it’s working on or when it will meet next. He said he plans to raise concerns with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), the commission’s vice chair, about how it has operated so far ― if he ever has another chance. “I think we have to talk about that if we get another opportunity. I don’t know that we’re ever going to meet again, to tell you the truth. We certainly haven’t talked about it,” Dunlap said. “I think it is a possibility. We haven’t heard about any future meetings. We talked about a meeting in November ― that was back in July. We haven’t had anything further about it. … It wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t meet again.”
Alan King, another Democratic member of the commission who has expressed frustration, said he hadn’t had any recent contact with the panel’s leaders either. “Not a word. Hard to plan ahead when there is zero communication,” said King, who is a probate judge in Jefferson County, Alabama. A spokesman for the commission did not return a request for comment.
During its first public meeting in July, Kobach indicated that the commission would have multiple meetings across the country. Its charter authorizes it to operate until May 11, 2019, or until 30 days after it presents its final report to the president.
Dunlap’s remarks are not the first suggestion of dissension on the panel. In a February email, written three months before the panel was formalized but made public last month, Hans von Spakovsky of the conservative Heritage Foundation argued that letting Democrats participate in any voter fraud probe would simply hinder the work. Von Spakovsky now sits on the commision.