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Washington Post: U.S. judge set to hear new challenge to Trump voter commission Tuesday

August 1, 2017

Spencer Hsu for The Washington Post reports the latest on the Trump voter commission:

A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday over whether a Watergate-era law prohibiting the government from collecting data on how Americans exercise their First Amendment rights bars President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission from American’s voting records.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District set the hearing Monday after Common Cause, a nonprofit government watchdog group, alleged that the Trump administration was violating the Privacy Act of 1974 by seeking the “quintessentially First Amendment-protected political party affiliation and voter history data” of every American.

The court could rule on the request for a temporary restraining order as early as Tuesday.

The action marks the latest attempt by opponents to block the commission’s request for the voting information of more than 150 million registered voters. Trump created the commission after alleging that widespread fraud cost him the popular vote in November.

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