Trump's election panel puts hold on voter data request


"The Commission was established 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", the complaint states.

The two new lawsuits add to the potential roadblocks faced by the commission, whose request for voting information from more than 150 million registered voters has drawn bipartisan criticism across the states as an assault on privacy and states' rights and a stealth attempt at voter suppression.

Several state elections officials confirmed receiving a letter from the panel stating that it would provide further instructions after a federal judge had ruled on a complaint filed by a watchdog group, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), which is seeking a temporary restraining order.

In Florida, Secretary of State Ken Detzner said last week he would follow state public records law and partially comply with the request. Kris Kobach, secretary of state for Kansas and vice chairman of the White House commission on voting and elections, said he doubts that there will be a definitive result. Gardner, a Democrat and member of the commission, plans to submit what is considered public in New Hampshire: names, addresses, party affiliations and voting history.

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).

If this data is already public, it's hard to see why it shouldn't be furnished to a presidential commission. The Commission also told states "not to submit any data until this Court rules" on EPIC's motion. They also want their active or inactive voter status, and information regarding felony convictions, voter registration in other states, military status and whether they have duel citizenship in other nations. The court filing claims that the data stored in Alabama has been deleted, and that future data collected will be compiled on a secure server in the White House. "They never said", she said. That presidential commission, which is conducting a national study of voter fraud, faces multiple lawsuits for alleged privacy and transparency violations.

The Alabama Secretary of State's Office received that letter Monday, Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed.

Missouri Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, suggested that the commission, "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico". The Commission said it would not use the "SAFE" system to collect personal data.

"The commission held its first meeting without notice or making it open to the public".

"The individuals on the commission raise some troubling questions as to the balance, the views that will be expressed", ACLU staff attorney Sophia Lin Lakin said in a phone interview.

Other states have reported much smaller volumes of voter inquires.

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

Allen's bill makes it illegal for the D.C. Board of Elections to provide Trump's commission with information about voters beyond what is already publicly available.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday 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.