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