ACLU files Right-to-Know request with Secretary of State over election commissionUnion Leader staff
May 18. 2017 9:04PM
CONCORD — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire has filed a Right-to-Know request with Secretary of State Bill Gardner, seeking information about his participation in the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
The commission is headed up by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
The Right-to-Know request in New Hampshire is part of a national campaign targeting commission members who currently serve as secretaries of state.
Similar requests were sent to secretaries of state Kobach of Kansas, Connie Lawson of Indiana and Matthew Dunlap of Maine, as well as Christy McCormick, commissioner of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
“We believe the outcome of the commission’s investigation is preordained,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “It’s time to shed light on whether any commission members were crafting policy recommendations before their investigation was launched or the commission was even formally announced.”
The May 18 letter from ACLU-NH Legal Director Gilles Bissonnette, addressed to Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan, calls for a lengthy list of documents connected to the commission, including any proposed findings, recommendations, policies and draft legislation.
President Trump signed the executive order creating the 16-member commission on May 11, with Gardner identified as one of the members.