The ACLU filed a suit against President Donald Trump, his commission, and Vice President Mike Pence.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a legal and civil rights nonprofit, filed a separate suit against multiple members of the administration and commission.
Both groups filed lawsuits against the Trump administration in federal court, alleging that his election commission violated federal law by operating without transparency.
Just after becoming president, Trump claimed that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally and vowed to create a commission on the integrity of the voting system. This was ostensibly to prove his unfounded claims of mass fraud.
In May of 2017 Trump signed an executive order to create this commission.
Vice President Mike Pence is the group’s chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is vice chair. In June of 2017 the commission caused outrage when Kobach sent letters to all 50 states requesting extensive personal information from states’ voter files. 44 states refused to comply with the request.
Theresa Lee, an attorney with with the ACLU Voting Rights Project said in a press release, “The commission held its first meeting without notice or making it open to the public. This process is cloaked in secrecy, raising serious concerns about its credibility and intent. What are they trying to hide?”
Both suits complain that the creation of the commission, the secrecy of meetings and procedures, and even commission membership, all run counter to The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Because of the intense pushback, the Trump administration was forced to shut down the commission: