Obama-linked group moves to block Trump voting commission from collecting data

Obama-linked group moves to block Trump voting commission from collecting data
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A group of lawyers who served in former President Obama's administration has moved for a temporary injunction against President Trump's voter fraud commission, seeking to block it from accessing voter roll data from all 50 states.

The Protect Democracy Project, headed by two former associate White House counsels to Obama, claimed in court documents first reported by McClatchy Wednesday that Trump's voter fraud probe caused an "immediate blow to the proper functioning of our democracy" by requesting the data without following proper legal procedures.

"We're going to be arguing that it's going to be vital for the court to take action right away," Protect Democracy attorney Larry Schwartztol told the news service.


"We're going to be saying to the court there’s an urgency to stop whatever damage the commission is already doing, while the court makes an ultimate decision about what the outcome of the case is," he added.

According to the group, the Trump administration violated federal law by giving the group insufficient time to mobilize the public against its actions. Court filings also warn that the voter roll requests "may increase the vulnerability of voter registration systems to hackers" and are having a chilling effect on legal voters.

"The mere specter of the Commission’s data-collection has caused thousands of citizens to de-register from their states’ voter rolls — an immediate blow to the proper functioning of our democracy," court documents filed by Protect Democracy read.

Trump's voter fraud commission was founded to investigate the president's unfounded claim that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' 10 things we learned from Peter Strzok's congressional testimony Get ready for summit with no agenda and calculated risks MORE won the popular vote due to millions of illegal votes cast in the 2016 election. The panel, formed in May, is headed by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.