No one seems to know what’s going on lately with President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission — not even its own members. “I have not heard anything since the New Hampshire meeting,” New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner told NBC News, referring to the commission’s Sept. 12 gathering, the panel’s most recent. Alan King, another Democrat serving on the commission, said he can’t even get his emails answered. “It’s my understanding that this commission is supposed to submit its recommendations in March 2018,” said King, the chief election official in Jefferson County, Alabama, adding that he was frustrated by the non-response. “I’m wondering when you take a two-and-half-month hiatus from meeting…I obviously think anyone would have concerns how a deadline like that is supposed to be met.”
The commission was formed by President Donald Trump in May to examine the American electoral system, including whether large-scale vote fraud exists. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that millions of people voted illegally last year. Commission members are sharply divided on the issue. Since its creation, the panel has been mired in controversy.
Early on, it was roundly condemned for seeking massive amounts of voter data from every state, igniting a bipartisan controversy for demanding the sensitive information. Many states have refused to cooperate.
The commission also has been sued by several civil liberties and privacy rights groups, including by one of its own members, multiple ethics watchdogs have filed complaints against the commission, and a staff member was arrested on child pornography charges. David Dunn, a Democratic member of the panel, died in October, leaving the group with seven Republicans and four Democrats.