Trump voter fraud commission faces several legal challenges

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Trump's May 11 executive order creating the commission stated that it would be funded and staffed through the General Services Administration, which like the Army is a federal agency subject to privacy requirements. "A study recently found that out of 1 billion votes cast between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 incidences of documented voter fraud".

This commission is only beginning its investigation, which every indication suggests will end in voter suppression.

Kossack advised Detzner and others to ignore the committee's request for voter data - including dates of birth, party affiliation, and the last four digits of Social Security numbers - because of a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC.

"However, providing personal voter information, such as Social Security numbers, is forbidden under Iowa Code", Pate said earlier this month.

Gov. Chris Sununu called the decision to put the transfer of the voter data on hold pending the federal court decision "a great move".

Alabama's response to that commission's request, however, is unlikely to change. 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.

The commission will not officially start until July 19 but an initial meeting by phone was held. The groups include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Public Citizen.

Almost all state election officials have balked at releasing such sensitive and private information. He is accused in the complaint of exploiting his Commission role to promote his candidacy and solicit campaign contributions.

A coalition of civil rights organizations and Florida residents filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner and a White House commission, accusing them of potentially violating state and federal laws to try to build a nationwide voter database.

The commission now faces a string of other lawsuits concerning transparency and privacy. It has become increasingly clear that the objective of the commission is not to eliminate nonexistent voter fraud, but to deepen the decades-long, bipartisan assault on democratic rights.

President Donald Trump and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach still want troves of information about voters.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, last week called the request a "taxpayer-funded fishing expedition" that "raises serious privacy concerns" and could dampen voter participation.

The suit also notes that under FACA guidelines, the commission must be balanced, which the ACLU notes is not the case, as its membership is primarily comprised of persons who have previously endorsed President Trump's public and unproven claims of voter fraud coupled with the fact that no provisions have been instituted to insulate the commission's advice and recommendations from the president's influence.

Jocelyn Benson is the former dean of Wayne State University Law School and the author of "State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process".

MI now has a chance to lead the way in assuring voters their privacy is protected and championing these much needed reforms.

Kristin Mavromatis from the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections said North Carolina was only planning on handing over voter information that was already public, and now will do nothing.

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