The American Civil Liberties Union announced Monday it filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump's voter election fraud commission.
The lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., alleges a lack of transparency raises "serious concerns" about what the commission is attempting to accomplish.
"Our election process must be secure, fair, and transparent," said Sophia Lin Lakin, a staff attorney with the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. "Yet the commission is conducting its work deep in the shadows, making it alarmingly suspect. The commission is legally required to conduct the people's business in the light of day."
The lawsuit alleges the commission, which is being spearheaded by Vice Chairman Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, is ignoring Federal Advisory Committee Act rules by failing to post a notice of meetings or making those meetings open to the public. The ACLU alleges the commission has also failed to make written records of those meetings publicly accessible.
The commission has also failed to follow law requiring it provides evidence it isn't being influenced by special interests or President Trump.
"This process is cloaked in secrecy, raising serious concerns about its credibility and intent. What are they trying to hide?" ACLU staff attorney Theresa Lee said in a statement.
The commission has requested all 50 states turn over voter data, including addresses and the last four digits of voters' Social Security numbers. The ACLU wants an explanation of what the commission will do with the data and how it will protect it.
So far, a reported 44 states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide the information. However, Kobach has disputed such reports, saying last week only 14 states and the District of Columbia have refused the commission's request.