Former Trump voter fraud commission member sued over voter fraud claims
A former member of President Trump’s disbanded commission on voter fraud is now being sued for inaccurately accusing hundreds of Virginians of illegally registering to vote.
J. Christian Adams faces a lawsuit by a group of plaintiffs led by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice representing U.S. citizens Adams claimed were not citizens and committed felonies by registering to vote, as first reported by Talking Points Memo.
Adams’s group, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), made the claims in two reports titled “Invasion in Virginia” and “Alien Invasion II” that were added to the voter fraud commission’s records, TPM reports.
The reports presumed that a number of Virginians who were denied voting privileges were noncitizens, when in fact many of them had been removed from the polls for other reasons, such as registration errors.
The defamation lawsuit, filed by four plaintiffs to a federal court on Thursday, says Adams “recklessly” made the claims without proper evidence and that his actions were tantamount to voter intimidation.
Their complaint also says Adams and his group violated the Voting Rights Act.
PILF, which has been known to sue municipalities for having questionable amounts of registered voters in their jurisdictions, says that it sourced all its information from public records and dismissed the lawsuit as a defense of illegal voting.
Trump dissolved the commission, known formally as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, earlier this year amid a massive onslaught of lawsuits.
Trump recently resurrected his debunked claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 elections, accusing states of guarding their voter records to cover it up.
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