Trump's voter fraud commission temporarily halts call for voter rolls

Jon Howard
July 13, 2017

"That goal is evident in the composition of the Commission, which is stacked with individuals who have endorsed the President's false statements about the popular vote, and the fact that no provisions whatsoever have been made to insulate the Commission's advice and recommendations from inappropriate influence by the person who appointed the Commission's members _ i.e., President Trump himself", the complaint continues.

The commission has already held an initial meeting without public notice, and it will not permit the public to attend its next meeting on July 19.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence's office sent out an email to states saying they should wait before sending the detailed information requested by the Trump Administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the commission is required to make all meetings open to the public, with enough notice to allow for in-person attendance. The commission has now backed off from that idea and assures us all that the data will be securely held on a White House site.

To avoid any further fallout is critical that election administrators take the lead in assuring citizens that their personal data is secure. Both actions are in violation of FACA's explicit rules governing these official bodies according to the ACLU.

Last week every state received a letter asking for voter data from Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

The White House election commission that's caused such a stir with its request for troves of voter data from every state hit the pause button Monday. Other experts agreed with Dudley's assessment and noted that failure could be significant, since states could argue it means they are under no obligation to respond. Civil rights groups called the commission a voter suppression tactic by Trump.

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In Wisconsin, elections officials halted plans to inform the commission how it could purchase for $12,500 its public voter data, not including Social Security numbers or birth dates. The Department of Homeland Security said last fall it believes there were attempts to access voter registration by foreign invaders on more than 20 states' systems.

Several civil rights organizations have filed lawsuits challenging the Presidential Election Commission, which the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued last week.

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have refused the request in its entirety. The files will be deleted for the time being until the court rules on the case. He has claimed there was voter fraud on a massive scale during the 2016 election. Others have said they will give them some information, but only if the federal government pays for it as everyone else does when making such requests.

The hasty efforts of the Kobach commission to compile an huge amount of personal data, in the process trampling over democratic rights and legal processes, have exploded in their face.

In the court filing Monday, Kobach said "the Commission has made a decision to use alternative means for transmitting the requested data".

Republicans have long known that as a distinct minority whose policies directly conflict with the interests of their targeted voter base, their only chance for electoral success in many races depends entirely on regressive gerrymandering.

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