Alaska ACLU joins nationwide effort to gain information on Trump's election commission

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has joined a nationwide effort regarding the state's compliance with President Trump's Election Integrity Commission.

    The organization has filed an open records request with the Alaska Division of Elections and sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, who oversees elections in the state.

    The president's commission requested that state submit voter information to it including  their full names, the last four digits of their social security numbers, their voting histories and information on felony convictions.

    The ACLU is seeking all communications between  the Division of Elections and the commission including records relating to the "views and recommendations" Alaska submitted at the commission's request.

    Tara A. Rich, the legal and policy director of the ACLU of Alaska,  said in a release that the true threat to Alaska's elections is voter suppression, not voter fraud.

    She added that Alaskans have no reason to believe its elections have been compromised, and even less reason to believe that the president's commission is anything other than political theater.

    State ACLU Exectutive Director Joshua Decker said in the release that the commission is a voter suppression machine, pure and simple, and threatens  our privacy and endangers our democracy.

    The Alaska  organization is joining ACLU offices in 19 states in this nationwide effort.  

     

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