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Group sues Colorado Secretary of State for illegally withholding voter data

A good governance group is suing Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold in federal court for refusing to allow the inspection of voter list maintenance records as required by federal law.

Griswold, a Democrat, is denying the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) access to voter list maintenance documents, including data obtained from the Colorado Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

Griswold says that his agency’s contract with ERIC prohibits the release of the data that ERIC provides to member states. ERIC, a nonprofit that describes its mission as “helping states to improve the accuracy of America’s electoral rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens”, founded the Pew Charitable Trust in 2012. , was formed with the help of a left-wing philanthropist.

Colorado Secretary of State Jenna Griswold in an undated photo. (Colorado Secretary of State Office)

Griswold also claims that Colorado cannot hand over records because of the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act and other laws governing Social Security death records databases. She claims that Colorado’s membership agreement with ERIC prevents member states from disclosing public documents under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993.

Colorado, 30 states and the District of Columbia outsource the maintenance of their voter lists to ERIC. ERIC regularly provides reports to the Office of the Colorado Secretary of State showing which registered voters are no longer eligible because they have died or moved. The NVRA provides that all records used to add or remove voters are public records, yet Griswold declined a request from a group to inspect the reports the ERIC provided to the state.

PILF President J. “Colorado is concealing voter list maintenance documents to which the public is legally entitled,” Christian Adams said in a statement.

“Elections must be free and transparent for Americans to trust their results. Secretary Griswold and the ERIC are stifling transparency and violating federal law,” said Adams, a former US Department of Justice civil rights attorney.

There are also critics of ERIC’s political left, as The Epoch Times previously reported.

Libertarian journalist Greg Palast has compared ERIC to Jim Crow, a set of post-Civil War state and local laws legalizing racial segregation. Barbara Arnwyn, former executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, reportedly said, “ERIC should be called an error because it is wrong and it is full of loopholes.”

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The lawsuit, PILF v. Griswold, was filed on December 16 in the US District Court for the District of Colorado. Griswold is being prosecuted in his official capacity.

On August 20, PILF informed Griswold that it was in violation of the NVRA for failure to allow inspection of voter list maintenance records pursuant to 52 USC Section 20507(i), according to a 14-page legal complaint filed in court. Was being

On November 18, Griswold informed PILF that she would not comply with the group’s requests, the complaint said.

Indianapolis-based PILF describes itself as “the country’s only public interest law firm completely dedicated to electoral integrity”, adding that it is “assisting states and others to assist the cause of electoral integrity and the American exists to help fight against anarchy in elections”.

PILF said in the complaint that it “uses the NVRA’s public disclosure provision and state and federal open records laws that require government records to be made available to the public. Records and data compiled through these open records laws” Using the U.S., the Foundation analyzes the programs and activities of state and local election officials to determine whether legitimate efforts are being made to keep electoral rolls current and accurate in accordance with federal and state law. and to determine whether eligible registrants have been improperly removed from electoral rolls.The Foundation is responsible for creating and disseminating reports, articles, blogs and social media posts and newsletters to advance the public education aspect of its organizational mission. It also uses records and data for

Griswold and the Electronic Registration Information Center did not respond to a request for comment as of press time.

Mathew Vadum

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Mathew Vadum is an award-winning investigative journalist and a recognized expert on left-wing activism.

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