Although almost every state refused to comply with Trump and Pence’s voter suppression scheme, now the American Civil Liberties Union is stepping in to fight back. On Monday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The ACLU slammed them with a 31-page complaint claiming their voter suppression scheme lacks transparency and violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act. And the lawsuit alone was enough to make Trump halt his plans.
The ACLU lawsuit targets the Pence-Kobach Commission because it has asked states for private and protected voter information. 44 states have openly refused to handover the requested data to the Orwellian commission. The states are defending their citizens’ right to privacy and protection. But Trump and the GOP want to get that data so they can systematically take the American people’s right to vote away – at least for legal immigrants and minorities.
“The commission held its first meeting without notice or making it open to the public. This process is cloaked in secrecy, raising serious concerns about its credibility and intent. What are they trying to hide?” said Theresa Lee, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project.
Meanwhile, Trump has already submitted to the power of the ACLU when his assistants read the complaint.
“Defendants have violated FACA in two respects,” the ACLU complaint read. “The Pence-Kobach Commission has already held its first meeting without public notice; without making that meeting open to the public; and without timely notice in the Federal Register.”
Trump’s voter suppression scheme was born out of the idea that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 presidential election. Although he won the presidency, Trump lost the popular vote – and he cannot abide the truth that America does not like him.
The ACLU states that the Pence-Kobach Commission violates its intended purpose, which was supposed to be to “submit a report to the President on related ‘laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies and practices.’”
While Trump’s scheme pretends to protect voters, it is secretly designed to disenfranchise people who would otherwise vote against him in the next election.
“Our election process must be secure, fair, and transparent,” said Sophia Lin Lakin, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “Yet the commission is conducting its work deep in the shadows, making it alarmingly suspect. The commission is legally required to conduct the people’s business in the light of day.”
The case – American Civil Liberties Union v. Donald Trump – should be a historic one. And when the president loses, as it seems likely he will, a litany of other lawsuit will come his way halting his right-wing agendas that are designed to take away people’s rights.
Are you happy that the ACLU is taking on Trump and his GOP colleagues? What else should the ACLU sue Trump and Pence for? Where else do you see their leadership violating civil rights around the country?
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