Lawyers' Committee, ACLU sues Election Integrity Commission over lack of transparency
Jul 13 2017
The suit, which names Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the commission as defendants, also alleges that the commission was created "for the goal of providing a veneer of legitimacy to President Trump's false claim that he won the popular vote in the 2016 election - once millions of supposedly illegal votes are subtracted from the count".
A fourth suit was filed last week by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), pleading that last week's request letter violated the 2002 E-Government Act; under this act, the government must publicly assess the consequences of its actions before seeking personal information stored electronically.
In filing the lawsuit, EPIC urged a federal judge to block any further data collection, prompting Kobach to submit a court filing Monday stating that the commission voluntarily paused data collection efforts until the judge rules on the case. The Florida lawsuit seeks to stop the state from taking any steps until the case is resolved. The Illinois State Board of Elections said the state "does not have a publicly available voter roll".
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).
Merrill added that this is because constituents haven't been presented the necessary data to "make an informed decision on their personal position", because of the state's lack of knowledge "from the commission as a whole".
That's illegal, so yesterday the ACLUsued the president's election commission under a federal law created to ensure public accountability of advisory committees. The ACLU is also alleging that the second meeting of the commission is now scheduled to take place in a building generally inaccessible to the public, the Eisenhower Executive Office Building within the White House complex, and none of the documents already relied upon by the Commission have been made available to the public. Trump responded to repeated requests to back up his claim that as many as five million people had illegally cast ballots in the election - all against him, of course - by forming this bogus commission. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said last month that she would not comply with the commission's demands. EPIC also says the commission is asking the states to forward the data to an unsecure website, the Department of Defense Safe File Exchange site. "Everybody agrees that what they're trying to do is really about voter suppression", he said.
MI now has a chance to lead the way in assuring voters their privacy is protected and championing these much needed reforms. She said the secretary of state's office had been receiving more complaints than usual after news of the commission's request broke.
Washington residents line up for early voting in the 2016 elections at the Chevy Chase Community Center.
The American Civil Liberties Unionfiled a lawsuitMonday in the U.S. Court of the District of Columbia, alleging that the commission violated federal public access requirements since the commission's first meeting was held in private. The letter asked for voters' political affiliation, last four digits of social security number, voting history and military status.
The panel arose after Trump charged that at least 3 million people voted illegally previous year, costing him the popular vote.