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Presidential Commission Suspends Voter Roll Data Collection

HeadlineJul 13, 2017
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Back in the United States, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity says it will ask states not to send voter roll data to the commission, while a lawsuit by a privacy group winds through the courts. The request for voter data came from the commission’s vice chair, Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, who has pushed for the strictest voter identification laws in the country and advocated for a “proof-of-citizenship” requirement that civil rights advocates say is aimed at suppressing voter turnout. At least 46 states and the District of Columbia have refused to cooperate with the commission’s request for voter information, with many critics calling it a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression.

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