ACLU Response to Trump Election Commission Executive Order

Document Date: May 12, 2017

On May 11, President Trump signed an executive order establishing the “President Commission on Election Integrity.” The commission was formed following Trump’s repeated claims, without evidence, that he won the 2016 popular vote, once millions of illegal votes were deducted. The commission vice chair is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whom the ACLU has successfully challenged in court numerous times over his voter suppression policies.

On June 28, Kris Kobach sent letters to state representatives seeking details on every registered voter in the country. Kobach has not indicated how the commission would use the information it gathers, which includes names, addresses, birthdates, political affiliation, last four digits of Social Security numbers, and voting history. However, the commission does reportedly plan to make all those details widely available.

It’s an unprecedented request for private information, that given Kobach’s record, would likely be used to suppress the vote. The ACLU has called on Governors and Secretaries of State to refuse to comply. Many states across the country, led by both Republicans and Democrats, have done just that, recognizing the lack of evidence to justify such a request.

The commission’s first meeting will take place on July 19 in Washington, D.C.


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Kris Kobach Wants Every U.S. Voter’s Personal Information (July 2, 2017)

Experts Debunk Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims (May 19, 2017)

Voter Fraud Is Not The Problem (May 11, 2017)

Op-Eds and Blogs

Trump’s Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun (July 3, 2017, The New York Times)

Politicians Keep Buying Kris Kobach’s Ideas Despite Track Record of Failure (May 22, 2017, Just Security)

President Trump’s Fraudulent Fraud Squad (May 19, 2017, Huffington Post)

If You Care About the Right to Vote, Here Are Six Things You Need to Know About Kris Kobach (May 17, 2017)

Kris Kobach, the ‘King of Voter Suppression,’ Will Lead Trump’s Sham Voter Fraud Commission. Be Afraid, Very Afraid. (May 12, 2017)

Press Statements

ACLU Files Federal Lawsuit Over Trump Election Commission Secrecy (July 10, 2017)

ACLU Comment on Trump Administration’s Effort to Gather Details on All Voters in America (June 30, 2017)

ACLU Launches Multi-State Legal Action on Voting Rights (May 18, 2017)

ACLU Takes Legal Action Over Trump Election Commission Executive Order (May 11, 2017)

ACLU to Trump: Signing Order Will Not Make Voter Fraud Fantasy a Reality (May 11, 2017)

FOIA/Legal Documents

FOIA – Records Surrounding Executive Order Creating “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity”

FOIA – Records Pertaining to Presidential Commission Election Integrity

FOIA – Department of Homeland Security, Records Pertaining to Non-citizen Voters

American Civil Liberties Union v. Donald Trump

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State Responses

Election Integrity Commission – State Responses [Map]

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