Trump’s attack on voter privacy

Source: The American Conservative
by Lili Carneglia

“‘In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions who voted illegally,’ tweeted Donald Trump on November 27, following his win. Perhaps in an effort to prove social media blather correct, Trump has issued an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity. The goals of the committee include ‘studying vulnerabilities in the voting systems that could lead to voter fraud,’ which requires collecting a large amount of personal voter information from the states. After facing serious legal pushback, even his supporters are wondering about its legitimacy. While the purity of the democratic process should be every citizen’s concern, the committee’s latest crusade, in violating privacy, has gone too far. In early July, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a suit against the committee claiming that the group collected personal data without securing a system in which to store that sensitive information — a direct violation of the E-Government Act of 2002.” (08/09/17)