06 Jul RELEASE: TCRP seeks information about coordination between Texas Secretary of State and Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Contact: Melissa Martinez
Phone: 210-867-3506
Email: melissa@texascivilrightsproject.org

 

RELEASE: TCRP seeks information about coordination between Texas Secretary of State and Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity


To read the Texas Public Information Act Request Letter, click here.

Austin, TX — Today the Texas Civil Rights Project  sent two Texas Public Information Act (PIA) Requests to the Texas Secretary of State requesting all documents showing communication between the Secretary and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity as well as communication with the Department of Justice’s Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division.

Last Wednesday, the Commission sent a letter to all 50 states asking them to provide extensive personal information about voters to investigate the administration’s widely debunked claims of voter fraud. While at least 17 states have outright rejected the sweeping information request, the Texas Secretary of State’s Office has said it will provide the Commission with public information.

Through the PIA request, TCRP seeks to determine the extent to which and why Texas public officials willingly cooperate with the Commission’s request when other states have refused.

The Commission’s outlandish requests and the willingness of Texas’ public officials to comply add to an ever growing wave  of voter suppression tactics that chill Texans democratic participation.

Beth Stevens, Voting Rights Director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

“Every eligible Texan should have the opportunity to cast a ballot that counts, and federal and state actions should encourage democratic participation. Rather than do that, the Commission’s efforts will discourage and chill democratic participation.  “The aim of the Commission’s requests is clear: there will be sustained efforts to restrict the right to vote.”

“We hope to discover through the results of our PIA requests the intent behind Texas officials decision to share voter information with the commission, and the extent to which there is Texas and federal coordination.”

“TCRP will continue to hold our elected officials accountable and demand that voting rights in this state march forward, rather than allowing them to be dragged backwards 50 years into the past.”

To read the Texas Public Information Act Request Letter, click here.



The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.