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Monday, July 24, 2017

Judge clears effort to gather vote information

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 3:55 PM

A federal judge has said the Trump commission aimed at providing evidence he really didn't lose the popular vote may proceed with asking states to supply vast amounts of information on voters because it is not technically a federal agency subject to privacy laws.

The judge said the Kris Kobach-run commission's decision to take the information on a White House server rather than a Defense Department server was important in her decision.

The decision doesn't mean states MUST provide the data. Many are resisting and some other legal actions still are pending. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has already sent once and likely will send again the publicly available data in Arkansas: The names of 1.7 million people, their birth dates, their street addresses, their phone numbers and e-mail addresses when supplied, and a record of which elections they've voted in, including choice of party primaries and  political party affiliation when chosen.

Another small victory for Republican vote suppression efforts.

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