Election Commission to open registration for new voters next week

Florida will comply with part of Trump commission’s voter data requestMore

Florida will comply with part of Trump commission’s voter data requestMore

Even though the end result isn't likely to be a massive natural disaster that fundamentally changes the balance of power in Colorado - in reality, it might result in dozens, hundreds, or maybe a few thousand fewer Democratic votes in future elections - even a tiny number of disenfranchised voters can change the course of history.

Donald Trump formed the commission in May 2017 via executive order to investigate his claims of voter fraud in the 2016 USA election.

The conference lands one week after the commission investigating President Donald Trump's allegations of election fraud requested voter information from all 50 states, drawing blowback from Republicans and Democrats alike. Kobach, who last month announced he's running for governor, is known for his aggressive approach to voter fraud, who is leading Trump's commission. Though the letter asked for publicly available information, it included specific items that in many states are not public, such as partial Social Security numbers.

Not everything that Trump's election commission sought is public.

Kobach's office did not respond to a request for comment about Monday's lawsuit.

It suffered a sweeping and immediate setback when, in a rare bout of bipartisan resistance, virtually all of America's secretaries of state informed the White House that they would not be complying with the commission's unprecedented voter data requests.

Monday's abrupt halt in data collection is a direct response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

"It's remarkable that the commission essentially folded", said Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director for EPIC.

In a letter sent June 28, Justice Department officials requested data on how states purge registrations of people who have died or moved.

Tony Rothert, legal director for the Missouri chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, contends that the true goal of the federal commission may be to use voter fraud fears to purge legitimate voters from the rolls. He believes, but has offered no evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in 2016, giving Hillary Clinton a popular vote victory if not an Electoral College one.

Having worked as Deputy Secretary of State in Arkansas, I know the awesome responsibility shared by each state's designated chief election official, and overseeing elections according to law. The commission said that, if it prevails, it will "use an alternative means for transmitting the requested data".

She changed her mind days later, she said, when it became clear the commission legally would be required to submit a Freedom of Information Act request.

"It is now crystal clear that there are plenty of external actors, including Russian Federation, trying to get information about American voters and undermine confidence in our elections", said Wendy R. Weiser, director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program. "But throughout our history, people have used the myth of voter fraud as an excuse to further suppress the vote, and that's what we're really concerned about". This will remove voter information from future lists but will not remove information from past editions already released. Just the hint of a crackdown - on illegal immigration, on voter fraud - gets nearly immediate results.

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