26 Jul Judge Rules Trump’s Electoral Commission to Resume Voter Info Collection
Last Tuesday, the Trump administration’s committee on electoral fraud was given a go signal to restart gathering voter information throughout the country.
In June, the Washington’s Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic) filed a lawsuit to stop the commission from collecting registered voter’s data,including birth dates, names, as well as incomplete social security numbers that will be made public. While they were waiting for ruling, the judge told the commission to pause data collection.
When the results came out, U.S. federal judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled against the privacy advocate’s petition. She reasoned that commission would uphold transparency and responsibility in the government, making it a favorable decision for the honesty of electoral operations.
Prior to ruling, 17 states said they were not willing to provide voter data. Some election officials also challenged the commission’s motivations, with 30 states saying they would only give limited voter information.
Source: The Guardian