Trump’s voter fraud panel has gone dark, and members don’t know why

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," the state's 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.

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How every state voted in the 2016 election

Alabama

Donald Trump: 1,318,255 votes

Hillary Clinton: 729,547 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Alaska

Donald Trump: 163,387 votes

Hillary Clinton: 116,454 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Arkansas

Donald Trump: 684,872 votes

Hillary Clinton: 380,494 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Arizona

Donald Trump: 1,252,401 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,161,167 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Connecticut

Donald Trump: 673,315 votes

Hillary Clinton: 897,572 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

California

Donald Trump: 4,483,810 votes

Hillary Clinton: 8,753,788 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Alaska

Donald Trump: 163,387 votes

Hillary Clinton: 116,454 votes

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Colorado

Donald Trump: 1,202,484 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,338,870 votes

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Delaware

Donald Trump: 185,127 votes

Hillary Clinton: 235,603 votes

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Florida

Donald Trump: 4,617,886 votes

Hillary Clinton: 4,504,975 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Georgia

Donald Trump: 2,089,104 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,877,963 votes

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Hawaii

Donald Trump: 128,847 votes

Hillary Clinton: 266,891 votes

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Iowa

Donald Trump: 800,983 votes

Hillary Clinton: 653,669 votes

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Illinois

Donald Trump: 2,146,015 votes

Hillary Clinton: 3,090,729 votes

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Idaho

Donald Trump: 409,055 votes

Hillary Clinton: 189,765 votes

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Indiana

Donald Trump: 1,557,286 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,033,126 votes

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Kansas

Donald Trump: 671,018 votes

Hillary Clinton: 427,005 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Kentucky

Donald Trump: 1,202,971 votes

Hillary Clinton: 628,854 votes

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Louisiana

Donald Trump: 1,178,638 votes

Hillary Clinton: 780,154 votes

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Maine

Donald Trump: 335,543 votes

Hillary Clinton: 357,735 votes

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Massachusetts

Donald Trump: 1,090,893 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,995,196 votes

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Michigan

Donald Trump: 2,279,543 votes

Hillary Clinton: 2,268,839 votes

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Minnesota

Donald Trump: 1,323,232 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,367,825 votes

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Mississippi

Donald Trump: 700,714 votes

Hillary Clinton: 485,131 votes

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Missouri

Donald Trump: 1,594,511 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,071,068 votes

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Montana

Donald Trump: 279,240 votes

Hillary Clinton: 177,709 votes

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Nebraska

Donald Trump: 495,961 votes

Hillary Clinton: 284,494 votes

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Nevada

Donald Trump: 512,058 votes

Hillary Clinton: 539,260 votes

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New Hampshire

Donald Trump: 345,790 votes

Hillary Clinton: 348,526 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

New Jersey

Donald Trump: 1,601,933 votes

Hillary Clinton: 2,148,278 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

New Mexico

Donald Trump: 319,667 votes

Hillary Clinton: 385,234 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

New York

Donald Trump: 2,819,534 votes

Hillary Clinton: 4,556,124 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

North Dakota

Donald Trump: 216,794 votes

Hillary Clinton: 93,758 votes

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Ohio

Donald Trump: 2,841,005 votes

Hillary Clinton: 2,394,164 votes

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Oklahoma

Donald Trump: 949,136 votes

Hillary Clinton: 420,375 votes

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Oregon

Donald Trump: 782,403 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,002,106 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Pennsylvania

Donald Trump: 2,970,733 votes

Hillary Clinton: 2,926,441 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Rhode Island

Donald Trump: 180,543 votes

Hillary Clinton: 252,525 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

South Carolina

Donald Trump: 1,155,389 votes

Hillary Clinton: 855,373 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

South Dakota

Donald Trump: 227,721 votes

Hillary Clinton: 117,458 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Tennessee

Donald Trump: 1,522,925 votes

Hillary Clinton: 870,695 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Texas

Donald Trump: 4,685,047 votes

Hillary Clinton: 3,877,865 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Utah

Donald Trump: 515,231 votes

Hillary Clinton: 310,676 votes

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Vermont

Donald Trump: 95,259 votes

Hillary Clinton: 178,573 votes

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Virginia

Donald Trump: 1,769,443 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,981,473 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Washington

Donald Trump: 1,221,747 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,742,718 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

West Virginia

Donald Trump: 489,371 votes

Hillary Clinton: 188,794 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Wisconsin

Donald Trump: 1,405,284 votes

Hillary Clinton: 1,382,536 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

Wyoming

Donald Trump: 174,419 votes

Hillary Clinton: 55,973 votes

Data courtesy of the New York Times

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"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 nonresponse. "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 it; 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.

Experts who spoke to NBC News, including a former member of President Barack Obama's presidential election commission, criticized the panel's lack of action and transparency.

Tammy Patrick, who was appointed to the commission by Obama in 2013, said that panel, in six months, was able to hold a half-dozen meetings and produce a report on election administration recommendations, some of which were adopted by states around the country.

"It was very much a collaborative effort but a very open and transparent process," she said. "Our motivation was different, our work ethic was different and our output was different."

Trump's panel has held only two public meetings, and at its latest session members clashed over whether there was substantial voter fraud in last year's elections.

The commission is headed by Vice President Mike Pence, but its vice chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an immigration hard-liner and advocate of strict voter identification laws, has largely been its face.

Critics say the commission's work has left little room to begin to address serious questions about the voting process in the country.

"They haven’t said what they intend to do and how," said David Becker, an election expert, referring to the massive voter data collection effort. "I think the longer that question hangs in the air, the more reason people have to doubt how the commission is operating."

However, Logan Churchwell, a representative for Commissioner J. Christian Adams, a Republican, said that the "out of the loop" narrative is "outdated and played out" and that the commission isn't planning to meet again in 2017 because of the holidays.

Meanwhile, three commission members were panelists at a conference in Nashville this month by the influential American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a well-funded conservative group that pushes state-level legislation.

Adams, Hans von Spakovsky and Christy McCormick spoke about voting-related matters, including the claim that a large number non-U.S. citizens are voting, according to The Huffington Post.

"Well, I can tell you the greatest foreign influence in our elections are aliens who are getting on the rolls and aliens who are voting," Adams said at the conference.

Another commission member, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, filed a federal lawsuit in October alleging that the panel has excluded Democratic members like himself from reviewing internal documents and has failed to keep them up to date about its work.

"I’ve made repeated requests about what the commission is working on," Dunlap told NBC News at the time. "I’m asking for a schedule — not the nuclear secrets of the country."

Kobach and Pence's office did not respond to request for comment.

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