President Trump’s voter fraud commission is urging a federal court not to block it from collecting state data on registered voters. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity responded Monday to a motion from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The privacy group asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia earlier this month for a temporary restraining order to stop the commission from collecting state voter roll data. EPIC claims the commission violated the E-Government Act of 2002 and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in asking all 50 states and D.C. for voters’ full names and addresses, political party registration and the last four digits of their Social Security numbers.
The E-government Act of 2002 requires all agencies to complete and publicly release a Privacy Impact Assessment, detailing the type of information being collected, what the information is being used for, how it will be protected and whether it will be disclosed to others, before collecting personal information electronically.
The Administrative Procedure Act, meanwhile, prohibits federal agencies from taking an action that is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law.”
But the presidential commission on Monday said it doesn’t have to follow those laws because it’s not a federal agency.