Controversial rightwing activist to join Trump's election integrity commission

Controversial rightwing activist to join Trump's election integrity commission

Controversial rightwing activist to join Trump's election integrity commission

The American Civil Liberties Union sued President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

"To ensure defendant Detzner complies with (state law), and to prohibit the commission from attempting to obtain that protected information from any other source, plaintiffs seek an injunction pursuant to (state law) to preclude disclosure of the Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers of Florida voters", the suit says. Dudley noted that the commission's failure to submit its request to states on their voter registration rolls through OIRA violates a 1980 law known as the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a watchdog group, has asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to block the commission's data request, arguing the panel had not conducted the full privacy impact statement required by federal law for new government electronic data-collection systems.

Like Alabama, many states that didn't flat-out reject the request said the commission could purchase public data but that could come at a mounting cost.

Some states, including Kansas, have told Kobach they won't release Social Security numbers, and still others, such as Colorado, have provided the commission only with that information that is legally available, which is entirely appropriate. 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. In particular, it has special emphasis on open meetings, chartering, public involvement, and reporting. which requires all advisory committee meetings to be open to the public and timely noticed in the Federal Register. "We will absolutely not be providing citizens' private voter data to the federal government".

The letter - sent by Andrew Kossack, the federal officer assigned to the president's Commission on Election Integrity - said the commission would send further instruction after a court rules on a lawsuit over the commission's voter probe.

Mavromatis confirmed that several voters, concerned about their privacy had called asking about how to have their names removed from the roles. 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. "We do not have to send anything", she said.

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

Missouri Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, suggested that the commission, "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico".

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have refused the request in its entirety. She said the secretary of state's office had been receiving more complaints than usual after news of the commission's request broke.

Haas says the state's response is on hold until that legal question is resolved.

As of September 2016, 33 states have enacted some form of voter ID requirement, including Democratic-run Rhode Island and Hawaii.

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

Trump won the electoral vote last fall, but he lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes.

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