The ACLU has just filed a lawsuit against Trump’s election integrity commission over their lack of transparency.
“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.
In a statement, the ACLU explained their reasons for their complaint:
Federal law requires that commission meetings be open to the public, with timely notice provided, allowing for in-person attendance, and that written records be made available to the public. The commission must also adopt measures to ensure that its work is not inappropriately influenced by special interests or the president himself.
The commission will hold a July 19 meeting — only available via internet live stream — and has, by its own admission, held a previous telephonic meeting without notifying the public, as required by law.
Most states have complained that the commission has violated states’ rights. Since sending the request for personal voter data, the commission has been denied that data by 46 of the 50 states.
“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.”
It’s no surprise that Trump would try to pull something like this off. Fortunately, organizations like the ACLU are taking action when this administration chooses to ignore laws governing transparency.