The next national election is only 16 months away. As of July 6, the state had tracked 180 voter withdrawals, while a normal week sees eight.
Some secretaries of state perceived a grave affront. Following a slew of lawsuits by civil liberties groups like the ACLU, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a Monday filing by the D.C. -based Electronic Privacy Information Center, the commission now says states should wait until a judge rules on the lawsuits before submitting the requested data.
A third lawsuit, also filed Monday by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee), is similar to that of the ACLU, accusing the Kobach committee of violating FACA.
Kobach's claim that at least a million noncitizens voted in the 2016 election nationwide, like President Donald Trump's claim of voter fraud, has no basis in fact. In order to register to vote, one must present proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate.
Haas says the state's response is on hold until that legal question is resolved. Kris Kobach, secretary of state for Kansas and vice chairman of the White House commission on voting and elections, said he doubts that there will be a definitive result.More news: Killing of Yatris - An inhuman Act
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The complaint calls the June 28 meeting of the commission "unlawful", noting that it did not provide notice in the federal register or make it open to the public. Vermont is one such state, and its secretary, Jim Condos, spoke to ABC News about his concerns regarding disenfranchisement. "Everybody agrees that what they're trying to do is really about voter suppression", he said.
At the time, Gessler claimed under oath and before Congress that Colorado had more than 16,000 registered noncitizen voters, and that 5,000 of them had actually cast ballots in the 2010 election. Erich Ebel, communications director for the Washington secretary of state, also spoke of a "handful" of constituents asking about disenrollment.
A number of groups have gone to court to challenge the legality of the Commission's request and have asked a judge to issue a temporary restraining order, or TRO, to stop it. The same law allows Gardner to sell the database to political parties, political committees and candidates, none of which apply to the commission, the lawsuit argues.
West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, and Tennessee reported no sudden change in individuals asking to unregister. However, both states did not know of any anecdotal information from county clerk offices regarding an uptick in constituent requests to unregister.
Forty-four states have refused to give out all of the information the commission is requesting, and 22 of those states have refused to give away any information at all. 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". The commission could only obtain the same information that is available to the general public. Several other lawsuits were also filed Monday by other plaintiffs. In particular, it has special emphasis on open meetings, chartering, public involvement, and reporting. which requires all advisory committee meetings to be open to the public and timely noticed in the Federal Register.