Trump’s election commission continues to draw heat for the administration, this time in the form of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit over the lack of transparency by Trump’s election commission. The charge is that it is not following federal law by being open to the public and “serious concerns” about what they are trying to accomplish.
The Bipartisan panel led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is supposed to uncover voter fraud. Trump still cannot accept that he did not win the popular vote; and he thinks that, due to voter fraud, he lost it. He believes that thousands of illegal immigrants were able to cast votes in the 2016 presidential election. There has been nothing noted to substantiate these claims.
The commission expected the secretary of states’ offices to comply with the directive and furnish details of the voter rolls in their states. States such as California completely revoked the missive, others agreed to furnish what was already public information, but no more than that. Still others said they would do it for a “fee per voter.” There have been 44 states and the District of Columbia who have rejected in some form or another the request for information.
Federal law requires that commission meetings be open to the public, with timely notice provided, allowing for in-person attendance, and that written records be made available to the public. The commission must also adopt measures to ensure that its work is not inappropriately influenced by special interests or the president himself. The commission will hold a July 19 meeting — only available via internet livestream — and has, by its own admission, held a previous telephonic meeting without notifying the public, as required by law. “Since the [law] applies to all meetings, even telephonic meetings, the commission has already violated [the Federal Advisory Committee Act],” ACLU staff attorney Theresa Lee tells NPR.(National Public Radio)
Huffington Post reported that the commission is filled with people who agree with Trump that there is widespread voter fraud. There has been no move to insulate and protect the commission from Trump’s influence. The ACLU has also asked the court that the commission be fairly balanced and be independent of Trump’s influence.
The case, American Civil Liberties Union v. Donald Trump, was brought by ACLU National and the ACLU of the District of Columbia. It was filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C.
More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/american-civil-liberties-union-v-donald-trump