Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign for U.S. president on Friday asked the Democratic National Committee to revise its list of debate-qualifying polls “to ensure transparency and fairness.”

In a press release, the campaign noted that the DNC set a threshold that candidates must meet of 2% in four DNC-certified polls in order to qualify for the third and fourth Democratic primary debates this fall.

“However,” the press release says, “the DNC has not released their criteria for selecting the 16 polling organizations they deem ‘certified.'”

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announces her run for president, embracing her dad Mike Gabbard and mom.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced her run for president in Waikiki in February. She is seen embracing her parents.

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Said the campaign: “Crucial decisions on debate qualifications that impact the right of the American people to have the opportunity to participate fully in the Democratic process should not be made in secret by party bosses. For the sake of democracy, those decisions must be made openly, with clear and consistent standards and a sufficient window of opportunity for candidates to demonstrate genuine grassroots momentum and enthusiasm.”

As The Hill reported Friday, the DNC raised the threshold to qualify for the upcoming September and October debates, “requiring candidates to poll above 2 percent in four DNC-approved polls and raise money from at least 130,000 unique donors.”

The report said, “Gabbard has reached the donor threshold but is two approved polls shy of getting on stage.”

A DNC spokesperson did not immediately respond to comment.

Candidates have until Wednesday to join the 10 Democrats that have already made the cut. They include frontrunners Joe Biden, the former vice president, and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden.

Gabbard’s campaign said that the DNC is “in some cases” relying on “inferior, less accurate polls” that put the candidate at a disadvantage.

Gabbard’s complaint comes as yet another Democrat dropped out of the race this week after failing to gain traction: U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.

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