Trump administration sued for election fraud

Despite requesting a staggering amount of sensitive data from every registered voter in the country, Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission intends to hold its next meeting behind closed doors, where the same registered voters will not be able to participate.

In an interview last week with The Hill, Susan Dudley, a former administrator with the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under President George W. Bush, said that Trump's voter fraud commission may have violated the law by ignoring federal requirements governing requests for information from states. Coming less than two weeks after Kobach sent his letter to all 50 secretaries of state, the meeting was notable for its timid response to the Trump administration's reactionary efforts to compile voters' personal data.

In a court filing Monday, Kobach said Trump's voting commission has told states to hold off on sharing the data until after a judge's ruling in a lawsuit.

Many states have said they will be partly complying to the commission's request by only providing data that is already publicly available.


Kobach has since asked states not to submit to any of that information until a different lawsuit is resolved. 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.

The organization filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Commission for its failure to operate in a transparent manner under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The government wants to make all of the data public.

The commission was established by Trump in May to investigate supposed voter fraud in the U.S., after Trump repeatedly made false claims that he lost the popular vote in the 2016 election due to "millions" of cases of illegal voting. Some of that information is already available publicly. "We do not have to send anything", she said. The same law allows Gardner to sell the database to political parties, political committees and candidates, none of which apply to the commission, the lawsuit argues.

Denise Maes, public policy director of the ACLU of Colorado, urged Williams to refuse to comply with the request. "They should jump in Lake Superior", she said. The Commission said it would not use the "SAFE" system to collect personal data. But handing over voters' names, addresses, partial Social Security numbers and records of showing up at the polls would be an invasion of privacy.


That act requires advisory committees like this one to open all of their meetings to the public.

Kobach last week labeled news accounts of the states' pushback against the sweeping request as more "fake news", echoing Trump in the ongoing war of words with much of the mainstream news media. "What are they trying to hide?" said Theresa Lee, a staff attorney with the ACLU's Voting Rights Project.

Adams has also advocated against automatic voter registration, calling it a partisan vehicle for fraud and claiming: "Voter registration takes forethought and initiative, something lacking in large segments of the Democrat base".

"Typically I try to explain to people that if they do unregister, they are giving a win to Trump and his cohorts".


The lawsuit was filed after the Commission didn't respond to a Lawyers' Committee request a week ago for documents regarding an upcoming meeting scheduled for July 19, which will be live streamed but not open to the public.


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