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Lawsuit filed against 'election integrity' commission

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 2:18 PM

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A voting rights group has filed a lawsuit against the so-called election integrity commission, Talking Points Memo reports.

A think tank that specializes in voting rights filed a lawsuit Monday seeking more information about communications between various government agencies and President Trump’s so-called “elections integrity” commission. The complaint brought by Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, along with the group Protect Democracy Project, alleges that the agencies did not respond to previous Freedom of Information Act requests they filed concerning Trump’s election commission.

“This administration has a troubling pattern of keeping public information from the public — a pattern that is continuing with this commission,” Wendy Weiser, director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, said in a press release announcing the lawsuit. “The government’s obligation to share this information is especially important when there are so many reasons to be skeptical of this commission. When the public is not able to oversee the work of a presidential panel like this, there is a risk of abuse, which could negatively impact voting rights across the country.”

The complaint comes as the commission is expected to meet again next month
With the famous vote purger, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in charge skepticism was always in order about this group's work. That was particularly true with Donald Trump arguing, with no evidence, that somehow fraud explains Hillary Clinton's 3-million-vote popular election victory. Secrecy doesn't help.

David Dunn, a former Arkansas legislator turned lobbyist, serves on the commission thanks to his friendship with Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin, a friend of Kobach. He insists he has no ill intent. Maybe he could explain his colleague's unwillingness to open up the information.

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