Trump’s Sham Election Commission Wants to Operate in the Dark, but We’re Suing to Drag It Into the Sunlight

Despite requesting a staggering amount of sensitive data from every registered voter in the country, Donald Trump’s Election Integrity Commission intends to hold its next meeting behind closed doors, where the same registered voters will not be able to participate. That’s illegal, so yesterday the ACLU sued the president’s election commission under a federal law designed to ensure public accountability of advisory committees.

Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the commission is required to make all meetings open to the public, with enough notice to allow for in-person attendance. The commission must also make all written records, documents, and meeting minutes available. Most importantly, the commission must adopt measures to ensure that its work is not inappropriately influenced by special interests or the president himself.

Thus far, we’ve witnessed a total disregard for these requirements.

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The commission has already held an initial meeting without public notice, and it will not permit the public to attend its next meeting on July 19. Instead, it has offered an internet livestream, a paltry replacement for real public engagement. It’s a troubling lack of transparency, especially for a body seeking an enormous amount of access to sensitive information. Our suit comes at the heels of Kris Kobach’s overreaching request to all 50 states to email the commission sensitive data on every registered voter, including full names, the last four digits of Social Security numbers, party affiliation, and voting history.

Pushback was swift and colorful.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, 
suggested that the commission “go jump in the Gulf of Mexico.” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, responded concerned that the “request is a mere pretense for pursuing restrictions on the fundamental right of citizens to vote.” Connecticut and California took issue with the individual record of the commission’s vice chair Kris Kobach, citing both a “lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas” and “a long history of sponsoring discriminatory, anti-immigrant policies including voter suppression and racial profiling laws.”

Election boards in multiple states heard from voters alarmed by the request. Ironically, the commission’s request alone was enough to suppress some votes: Both Colorado and North Carolina reported an uptick in voters canceling their registrations outright to prevent data from being shared.

It doesn’t end there, though.

More than 40 states refused to provide the commission with the full breadth of data it requested. Despite that, Kris Kobach and Vice President Mike Pence would have us believe that the commission’s request is routine and benign, suggesting its “fake news” that states are refusing to comply. President Trump has even suggested wrongdoing on behalf of officials who refused to hand over data, asking, “What are they trying to hide?”

We must be committed to flipping that question: No, Mr. President, what is your commission trying to hide?

Thus far, the commission has been deservedly met with skepticism and, as of yesterday,
multiple court challenges including ours. In response, commission officials told state election officers to “hold on submitting any data.” This is a short-term victory but not a permanent solution.

This commission is only beginning its investigation, which every indication suggests will end in voter suppression. To protect voting rights, we must be prepared for the long fight, too.

Join our demand for transparency from the commission by signing our petition here.

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Anonymous

If you're so worked up about treason what about hillary and obama? Those two committed more acts of treason than anyone I've ever heard of. So if they say he meddled with the election what about the democrats, they did a lot more sneaky underhanded shit than anyone I've ever seen. What about selling Russia uranium, that is treason. What about arming ISIS, that is treason. What about not protecting our borders, that is treason. What about letting Americans be tortured and murdered in Benghazi when they had help on the way, that is treason. What about filling the White House with the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, that is treason. What about not even being able to prove that you're an American citizen?

Eli Samuel Goldman

As to the comparison to the Rosenberg case and the Trump family, espionage is espionage and as we all know they too are in contact with Putin and others working towards nuclear buildup when we as a nation and other nations spent over three decades getting other nations to drop their nuclear programs and stop building reactors due to the immense uncontainable danger of nuclear waste, and irradic nature of reactors prone to system, acts of nature, and human error, Al la 3 mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, and the over 99 recorded nuclear power plant accidents, not to mention the nuclear weapons accidents and malfunctions, nuclear testing accidents and unaccountables and the endless unstoppable waste leaks where nuclear waste always remains active even it's half-life far longer than any container can store it by far. But Trunps insistence on nuclear buildup too seems consistent with pior plots to destroy the United States, which explains he and his families offshoring all their liquid assets little by little and his assertion that he will only run a single term. It only takes one term to destroy our nation and Democracy, apparently. "Globally, there have been at least 99 (civilian and military) recorded nuclear power plant accidents from 1952 to 2009 (defined as incidents that either resulted in the loss of human life or more than US$50,000 of property damage, the amount the US federal government uses to define nuclear energy accidents that must be reported), totaling US$20.5 billion in property damages. Property damage costs include destruction of property, emergency response, environmental remediation, evacuation, lost product, fines, and court claims. Because nuclear power plants are large and complex, accidents on site tend to be relatively expensive." List_of_nuclear_power_accidents_by_country /wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg. "es·pi·o·nage
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Eli Samuel Goldman

The fact Donald Trump Jr even met with the Kremlin lawyer at all, and especially about "dirt on Hillary Clinton" a Secretary of State during an election irrefutably constitutes espionage and TREASON against the U.S.A. Even if the purposes of the meeting were not known it would be an act of espionage given the nature of the time period, and doubly so, given the precarious historical relationship of the U.S. with Russia and former KGB Agent and once acknowledged enemy Vladimir Putin, not to mention Trump's many questionable ties to foreign organized crime only compounds things.

Martin

Little nuance here: It's not treason. It *may* be punishable, since it is forbidden to solicit stuff from foreign bodies. They will probably spin their way out of it as usual by finding loopholes in the law.

Eli Samuel Goldman

As Trump's people often do, Trump has had people continually threaten my own children from the start of the election on. I fear for their safety now that he and his criminal enterprises have taken over our country.

Eli Samuel Goldman

I now request the media, the Democratic Party and others unaffiliated to watch over and ensure the safety of my own five children as Trump's people have continually threatened their lives and attempted to criminalize but myself and my biological son, and know the locations of all five of my children. I do not want him using others with his mafia style tactics the way he always does to harm my children the way he's harmed me.

Eli Samuel Goldman

Trump constantly uses random people to setup scenarios to harm, entrap or criminalize. For any incident that happens to my children I invoke the RICO act against Trump and his cohorts as well as other appropriate laws depending on circumstances!

Eli Samuel Goldman

Furthermore I want a Temporary Protective Order against any contact of Trump, his people or affiliates of his or his people. Any unusual incidence happening to any of my five children MUST immediately be investigated by those unaffiliated with Trump, and will incur imidiate charges against Trump and his cohorts.

Eli Samuel Goldman

All election long Trump had people make threats against my children of I refuse to back him. I want the Democratic Party to monitor my children and anyone interacting with them for their own safety. This include Seth Falcon Goldman, Asia Karina Cruz, Pamela Arlene Sawyer, Nicolas Grady Shearer, Rick Allen Cruz.

Eli Samuel Goldman

I've been told in umpteen ways my children are in danger if I don't back Trump. Now that I've been isolated by Trump's people and the show from contact with them I fear constantly for their lives, criminalization and the endless manufactured *accidents* scams and confrontations Trump has created against me on the show. I personally ask Robert Muller III, former FBI Director James Comey, the Democratic Party and others unsympathic to Trump's crimes to watch out for my children and protect them from Donald J. Trump's many clevet ways to harm others.

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