Christina Ford  //  7/9/17  //  Topic Update


More than 40 states have fully or partially refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach Commission’s request for state voter data (CNN).

  • Larry Schwartztol argues the Commission has violated federal law by ignoring the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (Take Care).
  • Justin Levitt writes that the Commission’s request for data may violate federal privacy protections (Take Care).
  • A request for a temporary restraining order has been filed against the Commission in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • A formal Hatch Act complaint has also been filed against Kris Kobach for allegedly exploiting his Commission role to promote his candidacy for Governor of Kansas.

Michael Chertoff, former head of DHS, thinks that the Pence-Kobach voter data request poses a threat to national security (WaPo).

  • Election experts think that the commission’s methodology will result in thousands of errors and could distort fraud (ProPublica).
  • Professor Michael McDonald is interviewed about the voting commission’s goal.
  • Governor of Texas Greg Abbott tweeted that Texas and other states have a right to refuse the request for private voter information.

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered all 18 Republican-drawn districts to be redrawn, following a finding that they violate the Constitution. Potential citizenship questions on the 2020 Census could shift the balance of political power towards rural areas and give Republicans a new advantage in drawing electoral boundaries.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

The White House disbands the "Election Integrity" Commission led by Vice President Pence and Kris Kobach.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump's voter fraud commission has not been in communication since September, and members are not sure why. The Department of Homeland Security, the Election Assistance Commission and voting equipment industry and nonprofit groups met to launch an election security Sector Coordinating Council.