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Trump names Marylander with little elections experience to controversial elections panel

June 30th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The Trump administration has appointed a Marylander to a controversial panel probing alleged voter fraud in last year's presidential election even though the veteran state official has little-to-no experience in elections. The Baltimore Sun reports Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda, a former Baltimore County school board member, was named last week to Trump's Election Integrity Commission, a 15-member, unpaid, bipartisan panel President Donald J. Trump created with an executive order in May after alleging millions voted illegally for his opponent.

While the commission itself has drawn derision from some Democrats as an effort to legitimize Trump's unfounded claim, Borunda's appointment has mainly led to head scratching in Maryland and elsewhere. Unlike in many other states, the Secretary of State's office in Maryland has no role in voter registration or the administration of elections.

Statewide oversight of elections in Maryland is handled instead by an independent board. 

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