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II. Federal/State Update

In a 35-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly allowed the White House’s election integrity commission to move forward with seeking the voter data from all 50 states and the District. Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the advisory panel is exempt from federal privacy review requirements, regardless of the additional risk it may pose to Americans’ information. “Neither the Commission or the Director of White House Information Technology — who is currently charged with collecting voter roll information on behalf of the Commission — are ‘agencies’ ” of the federal government subject to the court’s review in this matter, Kollar-Kotelly wrote. “To the extent the factual circumstances change, however — for example, if the . . . powers of the Commission expand beyond those of a purely advisory body — this determination may need to be revisited.”