Trump voter fraud commission faces several legal challenges

Following the Trump administration's request for voter registration data as part of the newly-established Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, some USA states have seen an uptick of citizens moving to keep their information out of the federal government's hands.

Prior to EPIC's restraining order request, the commission had already been rebuffed by many states, with 14 states and the District of Columbia having refused outright to provide any information and the remaining states either agreeing to provide the commission only with data that is available to the public, or supplying nothing pending review of their state laws to determine what data they can legally give the commission. Amy Klobuchar, who joined with other Senate Democrats Tuesday to call on the administration to rescind its request and to ask the Department of Justice to rule on whether the White House had the authority to request and compile election data from all 50 states.

Last week, two New Hampshire lawmakers joined the local ACLU chapter in suing Secretary of State Bill Gardner, arguing that turning over the data doesn't fit any of the specific scenarios allowed under state law. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is one of the people in charge of the commission, but Kobach has "a long history of discriminatory and regressive actions on voting rights", Goodman said.

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, who heads the voting rights organization Let America Vote, said that he's heard anecdotes of voters canceling their registrations nationwide and that it's the wrong approach. Since the meeting was not open to the public, ACLU claims the commission violated the federal advisory committee act.

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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".

In the wake of surmounting legal challenges, President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission has halted its widespread collection of data. 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.

Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said last month that she would not comply with the commission's demands.

"The commission has effectively conceded", EPIC President Marc Rotenberg said by phone.

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Idaho officials say they'll hold off on providing detailed voter information to the President's commission looking into alleged voter fraud.

"The commission held its first meeting without notice or making it open to the public". The emphatic rejections are based on concerns over federal intrusion into states' affairs and huge technical difficulties in complying, not to mention the commission's transparent objective.

"This commission was created to sell a lie", said Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. The Kansas Republican told the court last week that he intended for states to use a system called the Safe Access File Exchange to send voter roll info. The pros of cracking down on rare instances of voter fraud may not outweigh the possible risks, the plaintiffs say. She said the secretary of state's office had been receiving more complaints than usual after news of the commission's request broke.

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