II. Federal-State Update
Legal News: The Brennan Center for Justice and Protect Democracy have filed a lawsuit in the federal court of New York seeking to compel the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget to disclose public information about the president’s election integrity commission. The groups said they filed the suit at FOIAs went unanswered.
Alaska: Alaska has joined a number of states that have said they will provide they voter data requested by the commission as long as the commission pays the required fee like all others seeking the data must do. The traditional fee is $20 for the data plus $1 to get the data on a CD.
Illinois: The State Board of Elections has delayed a decision about whether or not it will send the requested data to the presidential election integrity commission. The board has sent a letter to the White House panel seeking more information about the purpose of the commission and to find out whether or not any information provided will be kept confidential.
Minnesota: This week, Minnesota formally rejected the request for data from the president’s election integrity commission. It’s a position the state has held since the first request was received.
New Jersey: This week the state announced that it will send some of the requested information to the president’s election integrity commission. The decision to send the information became an issue in the gubernatorial campaign as candidate Phil Murphy (D) attacked Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), for remaining silent on the issue. Guadagno is the state’s chief election official and in January recused herself from all election-related matters while she is a candidate for governor.