May 18, 2017 6:44 PM
ACLU takes legal action after President Trump launches committee to deal with voter fraud
NEW YORK — The American Civil Liberties Union sent coordinated Freedom of Information Act requests to officials in Kansas, Indiana, New Hampshire, and Maine.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is seeking information related to the Trump administration's new "Presidential Commission on Election Integrity." While President Trump announced plans to form the commission months ago, he signed the executive order last week.
The commission is headed up by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whom the ACLU has successfully sued several times over his voter suppression polices.
The FOIA requests target commission members who currently serve as secretaries of state and Christy McCormick the commissioner of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. This includes Kobach, of Kansas, Connie Lawson, of Indiana, Bill Gardner, of New Hampshire, and Matthew Dunlap, of Maine.
“We believe the outcome of the commission’s investigation is preordained,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “It’s time to shed light on whether any commission members were crafting policy recommendations before their investigation was launched or the commission was even formally announced. If they’ve got evidence, it’s time to stop hiding and start sharing.”
The ACLU previously filed a FOIA request seeking information that the Trump administration is using as the basis for its widely debunked claims of voter fraud.