Security clearances are held by only half the current members of the Election Assistance Commission, which advises states on how to guard against foreign hacking and other security threats.
And none of the four commissioners had clearances at the time of the past two elections, including the period when Russians linked to the Kremlin are suspected of an array of cyberattacks against state election operations, the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
While conceding big problems with their database of possibly illegal voters, Texas officials are asserting their highly polarizing inquiry has so far yielded 80 people who should not have been on the rolls.
Keith Ingram, who runs the elections office for the Texas secretary of state, testified Wednesday that 43 people on his list of suspect voters have since asked to cancel their registrations because they are not American citizens. Another 37 said they should be dropped from the registration roster but did not volunteer a reason.
At the same time, Ingram revealed his agency's original list of 95,000 suspect voters included as many 20,000 who had proved their citizenship to the Department of Public Safety, which issues driver licenses and state ID cards in Texas.
Three days of hearings into allegations of Republican ballot fraud will conclude Wednesday as North Carolina's elections board decides what to do about the vacancy in the state's 9th congressional district, which stretches from Charlotte to Fayetteville.
The House seat has been empty since Congress convened in January because the board declined to certify the 2018 election results, which showed a 905-vote victory for Republican Mark Harris. Accusations surfaced soon after the election that Leslie McCrae Dowless, an operative hired by GOP campaign consultants, orchestrated a scheme to collect absentee ballots from unwitting voters and use them to illegally plump up vote totals for Harris. The first witness at the hearing was Lisa Britt, who worked for Dowless and admitted marking votes on other people's blank ballots. She also said she heard Dowless regularly speaking with Andy Yates of Red Dome consulting, the firm hired by the Harris campaign.
There are three Democrats and two Republicans on the board, meaning one of them will have to cross party lines to either declare Harris the winner (three votes needed) or call a new election (four votes required.)