That's because of a declaration at the end of President Barack Obama's administration that election infrastructure is vital to national security.
"I'm not going to risk sensitive information for 3.2 million Kentuckians getting in the wrong hands, into the public domain and possibly for the wrong reasons, to keep people away from the ballot box", Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told NPR's Ari Shapiro during an interview on All Things Considered in June.
At the American Civil Liberties Union, voting rights project director David Ho said, "President Trump has tried and failed to spread his own fake news about voter fraud". The decentralized nature of the country's elections has been seen as a buffer against attempts at widespread manipulation. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the commission's vice chair, described it as a "tactical shift".
Critics saw the commission as part of a conservative campaign to strip minority voters and poor people from the voter rolls, and to justify unfounded claims made by Trump that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016. Trump won the Electoral College. Fulmer has been charged with two counts of voting without being qualified, one count of voting a few times, and one count of advance voting unlawful acts, Kobach's office says.
An AP tally showed 15 states and the District of Columbia denied the commission's request for detailed voter data, some of which are Republican-leaning.
It wasn't immediately clear what direction the Department of Homeland Security would take.
"Trump's "'Election Integrity' commission was built to encourage and enable voter suppression", tweeted Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., top Democrat in the House.
Kobach and other Republicans have pushed for state laws requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls or to provide papers documenting USA citizenship to register. The Trump administration faced a string of lawsuits challenging the legality of the commission itself as well as its efforts to collect voter data from states. Kobach was one of a few state officials to support Trump's contention of widespread fraud. Instead, it said that the job of rooting out voter fraud will fall to the Department of Homeland Security.
Dunlap on Wednesday said Kobach and his allies "were the ones that were stonewalling", saying they had "very definite ideas of what they wanted this commission to come up with".
During the commission's first meeting, Trump had questioned the motives of states that refused to comply with the commission's request, suggesting they had something to hide.
"It's time to put an end to this useless exercise created to soothe his insecurities about losing the popular vote in 2016", she said.
The controversial Commission on Election Integrity achieved little and was hit by numerous lawsuits and an inability to gain access to voter data.
Culliton-González and other activists credit legal challenges and fierce opposition from voting rights and civil rights groups for the demise of the commission. If it doesn't, the Democrat said he would fight any request in court.