ACLU Files Suit: Trump Election Fraud Panel Is Ignoring Open Meeting Laws

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, carries paperwork as he is greeted before a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club Bedmi... FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, right, carries paperwork as he is greeted before a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J. On Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal court to force Kobach to turn over proposed amendments to the nation's voter registration law that he was photographed bringing to the meeting with Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) MORE LESS
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C. over a lack of transparency by President Donald Trump’s bogus election fraud commission.

The lawsuit alleges the panel has failed to follow the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires advisory committees to post notice of meetings, make their discussions open to the public and that written records of the meetings be shared publicly. Commissions also must provide evidence that they aren’t being influenced by special interest groups or the President. ACLU attorneys said the lack of transparency raises “serious concerns” about what the commission is trying to accomplish.

This process is cloaked in secrecy, raising serious concerns about its credibility and intent. What are they trying to hide?” ACLU staff attorney Theresa Lee said in a statement.

The election fraud panel — created through a Trump executive order — requested all 50 states hand over sensitive voter data, like addresses, military status and the last four digits of voters’ social security numbers. Nearly every state has responded saying it will either not provide any of the information or only give the commission publicly available data.

The ACLU lawsuit claims the commission has operated with secrecy by not only failing to explain how it plans to use the data it requested from states, but also how it would protect the information.

“Our election process must be secure, fair, and transparent,” said Sophia Lin Lakin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “Yet the commission is conducting its work deep in the shadows, making it alarmingly suspect. The commission is legally required to conduct the people’s business in the light of day.”

 Read the ACLU’s complaint below:

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  1. Trumpco will claim that, since they aren’t an official body, they are exempt. MoFos keep putting their feet in their mouths that way.

  2. NAS and NAPA fall outside of FACA but still have reporting requirements under FACA. Most people don’t know this.

  3. Go back and read a few stories from 2016. Trump had/has a data acquisition program called ‘Project Alamo’ to get data and voter history on EVERYONE in America!

    This so-called Voter Fraud BS is just a means for Trump to fill in the blanks and get data on EVERYONE IN THE USA!

  4. i am not sure if commie is still a slur for right wing nut jobs. At the very least, the ACLU must be “American commies” because the Russian commies are all good for the Trumpsters.

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