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Jul 11, 2017 12:00 PM

Voter fraud panel tells states to hold off on sending data, stalling lawsuit in NH

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud is telling states to hold off on providing detailed voter information in the face of increasing legal challenges.

The commission had given states until July 14 to provide data including names, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers. But in an email Monday, Andrew Kossack, the panel's designated officer, told states to hold off until a judge rules on a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed similar lawsuits in Washington, Florida and New Hampshire. Democratic State Sen. Bette Lasky, of Nashua, and Republican Rep. Neal Kurk, of Weare, also joined the lawsuit against Secretary of State William Gardner who initially agreed to release voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity on June 30. Gardner decided to comply with the commission's latest request to hold on submitting data following the results of the Washington lawsuit.

A preliminary injunction hearing set for Tuesday in New Hampshire was postponed in light of the email. The ACLU, Lasky and Kurk will inform the court of any requests of immediate judicial intervention depending on the judge's ruling in Washington, according to their recent motion to stay.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia are refusing to comply, while many others plan to provide limited publicly-available information.

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