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Florida's response to Trump voter fraud commission remains on hold



Florida's plan to partially comply with a request by President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission to hand over data on millions of Florida voters remains on hold due to litigation.

In June, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked states to send publicly available voter roll data by July 14th. But on July 10, the commission asked states to hold off due to litigation in Washington D.C.

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner's spokeswoman Sarah Revell told the Miami Herald that the state's plan to provide data is on hold.

"The commission that made the public records request asked the department not to submit the requested information," she said in an email July 12. "As with any public records request, if the requester indicates they no longer wish to receive the information, we do not process their request."

On July 10, the ACLU of Florida along with other plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit in Miami seeking to stop the work of the commission and to prevent Detzner from handing over data. The ACLU filed an updated motion seeking a temporary restraining order Thursday.

Trump repeatedly alleged massive voter fraud, but there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud occurred in the 2016 election.

Here is the letter sent to election officials including Detzner from the Trump commission:

Dear Election Official,

 As you may know, the Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a complaint seeking a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) in connection with the June 28, 2017 letter sent by Vice Chair Kris Kobach requesting publicly-available voter data.  See Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Until the Judge rules on the TRO, we request that you hold on submitting any data.  We will follow up with you with further instructions once the Judge issues her ruling.

Andrew Kossack

Designated Federal Officer

Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity