- A suit by the Electronic Privacy Information Center alleging that “the Commission’s demand for detailed voter histories also violates millions of Americans' constitutional right to privacy.” In response to that complaint, the commission voluntarily asked states to stop sending voter data until the lawsuit is resolved.
- A suit by the American Civil Liberties Union alleging that the commission is failing to comply with federal transparency laws. The ACLU argues that the commission's first meeting, held via phone, was not open to the public and that the commission did not publicly post documents related to its operation as required by law. Three days after the ACLU suit was filed, the White House published a Web page containing many of those documents.
- A similar lawsuit filed by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Right Under Law, alleging noncompliance with federal transparency laws. That group has also filed a Hatch Act complaint alleging that Kobach improperly used his seat on the commission to promote his upcoming run for Kansas governor.
- A separate lawsuit by the Florida ACLU alleging that the commission's data collection efforts amount to “an unjustified invasion of privacy not authorized under the Constitution and laws of the United States or the individual states.”
- A similar lawsuit by the civil liberties group Public Citizen alleging that the commission's “collection and dissemination of [voter] information violates the Privacy Act, which prohibits the collection, use, maintenance or distribution of any 'record describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.' ” The group is requesting a temporary restraining order on the committee's actions.
- Similarly, the watchdog group Common Cause filed a lawsuit alleging Privacy Act violations. “Common Cause asks the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to order the commission, [the Department of Homeland Security], and [the Social Security Administration] to stop seeking and using the voter history and party affiliation of voters, and return any such data it has already obtained from any state,” the group announced.
July 18, 2017 at 2:02 PM EDT