Advocacy group seeks to block Trump voter information request

Advocacy group seeks to block Trump voter information request

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Wednesday and has sought [text, PDF] temporary injunctive relief against the Trump administration’s request for voter information. EPIC alleges that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI) failed to preform a Privacy Impact Assessment prior to the commencement of its conduct. EPIC also claims that the request has the potential to violate the constitutional right to privacy. According to the group, the website state officials are directed to, to fulfill the request is unsecured [press release]. Further, the information demanded by PACEI could enable identity theft.

Trump established PACEI in May via executive order [text] . Last week, PACEI Vice Chair and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach sent out a letter [text, PDF] requesting voter information from all 50 states. The letter asks the states to provide the names, dates of birth, addresses, political affiliation, and last four social security digit of its registered voters. So far, 44 states have at least partially refused the demand.