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Aug 6, 2018

Voting Rights Primer: Internal Docs Give Look Inside Trump’s Voter Fraud Panel

In a major victory for voting rights, the Michigan state Supreme Court, where a majority of the justices are Republican, will let voters this fall approve or reject a ballot initiative to reform the state’s redistricting process into a 13-person independent commission. The conservative activists who were challenging the ballot measure said that they are accepting the court’s decision and will not continue the legal fight. Thousands of pages of internal documents and emails related to President Trump’s now-defunct voter fraud commission became public on Friday, after a Democratic commissioner brought a lawsuit alleging a lack of transparency. The docs show internal discussions about drafting a letter to state election officials seeking voter roll data — a letter that, when sent last year, prompted backlash among Democratic and Republican election officials alike. The Democratic commissioner, Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, said in a letter with the release of the documents that the internal materials lack any “evidence of widespread voter…

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