Maryland deputy secretary of state abruptly resigns from Trump ‘voter fraud’ panel
Maryland deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda on Monday resigned from Donald Trump’s 15-member panel investigating the president’s allegations of voter fraud, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Borunda was a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity until Monday, when he informed Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) he was removing himself from the panel.
“He informed our office he has resigned from the commission,” Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer told the Sun. The spokesperson also noted the governor did not appoint Borunda to the commission.
Borunda’s resignation comes after the panel, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R-KA), drew widespread criticism after it asked every state to provide the commission with a decade’s worth of information on registered voters—including names, birthdays, social security information and party affiliation.
Bipartisan leaders in a majority of U.S. states have signaled they will not comply with all or parts of the panel’s request, and several states have outright declared they will not provide any information to the commission. Kobach’s home state of Kansas happens to be one of those states—The Sunflower State is withholding voters’ social security information as that is “not publicly available.”
Trump contended the advisory committee to investigated his thus-far unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote against former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.