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UPDATE on Trump Voter Data Fiasco:
ACLU and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) have both filed separate federal lawsuits. Nobody is exactly sure what Texas SOS has done at this point, so TDP has submitted a formal request to gain information from them.
Texas Democrats Call on Republicans to Respect Texas Law & Produce All Communications with Trump Administration
Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Democratic Party issued a formal request for the release of all communications between the State of Texas and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Democrats called on the state to produce documents regarding its interaction with Trump’s commission and how Texas plans to proceed by the close of business on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Click here to view the Texas Democratic Party’s letter and open records request.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Texas Democrats call on the Republican administration to respect Texas law and the Texans it protects. The Texas Constitution, state law, and previous state litigation protects citizens from government invasion into their privacy, shields voter registration records, and places tight controls on the information in the voter registration files that are public.
“Let’s be clear: Greg Abbott wants to give Donald Trump Texans’ private information. Given the discriminatory record of the Republican Party, the only credible explanation for the release of this sensitive material is voter suppression.
“Voting is our fundamental right as Americans, and Democrats will never stop guarding every Texan’s right to have their voice heard at the ballot box.”
The Texas Democratic Party specifically called for the release of:
All communications with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity or any of its staff or members
All communications with the White House or Executive Office of the President from January 21, 2017 until present that concern the election records of any jurisdiction in Texas.
The state’s intended response to the request of the Commission quoted above including the format of delivery of such data, the fields of data to be included therein, and the applicable years of data to be made available.
The legal authorities upon which the state relies in providing the specific data points provided.
The schedule in which Texas intends to comply with the data request including the date, as specific as you can provide, on when such information will be provided, or when it was provided.
If the data has been provided or when the data is provided, if not otherwise prevented by judicial action, a full and complete copy of each and every data file provided. If the state contends that it cannot provide the file in response to our request, then please describe the authority under which you believe this information can be provided to the Commission but not eligible citizens in Texas.
Any evidence of which you are aware that support or refute the President’s claim that illegal votes were cast in the recent Presidential election.