ACLU sues Trump, Pence over voter-fraud commission

ACLU sues Trump, Pence over voter-fraud commission

ACLU sues Trump, Pence over voter-fraud commission

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on the same day sent requests for voter registration information to all states in his role as vice chairman of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud. But in the process, he is asking states to turn over information on individual voters that could become an unprecedented trove of personal data subject to potential widespread abuse.

The commission is headed by Vice President Mike Pence, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is its vice chair.

The primary reason to keep a public record of who votes in the state is to prevent elections from being stolen, Haas wrote.

Kobach is joined on the commission by Ken Blackwell, who in 2004, as both Ohio's secretary of state and co-chair of its Bush II re-election campaign, tried to disenfranchise voters whose otherwise proper registrations were submitted on underweight paper.

The White House did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

"This has been a misadventure from the get-go", Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, who had refused to give the commission any data, said by phone. There are concerns about whether this might violate federal privacy laws in addition to state laws. Under the PRA, a federal agency must follow certain procedural requirements before sending an information request to more than 10 people.

As Padilla noted, there is no basis for or proof of claims that massive illegal immigrant voting occurs or ever has. I mean, where are the street smarts of some of these politicians?. They expressed concern that the information could be used to justify stringent new voter security procedures making it more hard for people to cast a ballot.

And after the election, on November 27, 2016, Trump said, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally". While Jackson eagerly waits for Rauner to sign the Automatic Voter Registration bill making IL the ninth state to have automatic voter registration, he says President Trump's tweets criticizing the media and grabbing headlines are nothing more than a diversion from his real intentions of voter suppression. "Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!"

But Merrill still noted the biggest point of contention for the secretaries: how they find out about attempts to attack their states. Study after study has found that voter fraud is exceedingly rare.

The group Public Citizen is also suing the administration. But the ACLU, which has been critical of the White House on the issue, says that's not enough.

Plus, we'd take Trump's supposed concern for "election integrity" much more seriously if he would finally acknowledge the extent of Russian interference in the 2016 election and showed at least a little interest in making sure it doesn't happen again.

In response to the non-cooperation by state officials, Trump took to Twitter to question what they're trying to hide.

A group of lawyers based out of D.C. also filed a lawsuit Monday with allegations that the commission violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The ACLU also alleges in the complaint that Trump failed to adhere to a federal rule that requires that advisory panels are not inappropriately influenced by the appointing authority, which in this case is the president.

Some Republican election officials say they want to protect the privacy of their citizens.

MARTINEZ: All right. So first off, tell us what data the president's voting commission wants. Wisconsin Elections Commission officials like Haas and Magney are not elected or politically appointed, through a bipartisan board of commissioners selected by the governor and legislators from the Democratic and Republican parties oversees their work.

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