ACLU Launches Multi-State Legal Action On Federal Voting Commission

May 18, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting back against Secretary of State Kris Kobach's voting rules. This time it has to do with President Trump's recently announced Election Integrity Commission.

The ACLU has sent coordinated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to officials in Kansas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Maine, as well as the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. One person from each of these states has been appointed to the Election Integrity Commission, with Kris Kobach as the vice chair.

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The FOIA in Kansas asks for all communicated messages and notes about the commission and about any voter fraud discussions.

​Kobach has brought a lot of attention and several lawsuits to Kansas because of the law requiring proof of citizenship in order to vote in the state. It is estimated that the action has disenfranchised 35,000 potential voters in the last election.

Kobach says he is trying to protect Kansas elections by keeping undocumented residents away from the ballot box. The concern is that stricter voter regulations could be implemented nationwide.

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