The court declared illegal the attempt to prevent the presidential Commission to...

The court declared illegal the attempt to prevent the presidential Commission to collect data about voters


Суд признал неправомерной попытку помешать президентской комиссии собирать данные об избирателях

Initiated by the trump Commission is investigating possible fraud during the presidential elections

The court of appeals in Washington on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision allowing created at the initiative of the President of the United States Donald trump of the Commission for the investigation of cases of fraud during the voting, to request from States information about the voter lists.

The court of appeals of the District of Columbia concluded that the Center of electronic private information(EPIC) is a public organization that filed the lawsuit – has no legal grounds to attempt to force a presidential Commission to examine the problems of protection of private information before to collect data about voters.

Center for electronic private information claimed that, under Federal law, the Commission should assess the impact of their actions on the inviolability of the personal space of voters before collecting data about them.

However, the three judges of the court of appeal unanimously ruled that the legislation on the protection of personal space is meant to protect individuals but not groups such as the Center for electronic private information. “EPIC is not a voter”, – stated in the conclusion of judge Karen Henderson.

District judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in July rejected the argument of EPIC, partly because the official Commission collecting personal data could not be described as the actions of Federal agencies and therefore it is not subject to their limitations. Kollar-Kotelly noted that the Commission, chaired by the Vice-President Pensions, an Advisory body, not possessing the power to compel States to provide personal data of voters.

According to most officials, whose duties include the supervision of the election fraud during the vote – an extremely rare phenomenon.