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Lawsuit Filed Against Utah Lieutenant Governor Over Voter Privacy Concerns

Jul 28, 2017


Two Utah groups are suing the Lieutenant Governor’s office to protect voter privacy after a request from the Trump administration to turn over the state’s voter rolls.   

The suit was filed this week by the Utah League of Women Voters and League of United Latin American Citizens as well as two private individuals.

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They want to ensure that Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox does not release any sensitive information to President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating alleged voter fraud.

“We want him [Cox] to affirm that they will not have access to birth dates of Utah voters because we believe that is confidential information that can lead to privacy breaches that we don’t think any Utah voter would be comfortable with," said Catherine Weller, president of the League of Women Voter of Utah.

Lt. Gov. Cox has previously stated that private information such as birth dates would not be included and that the commission, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, would need to file a formal public records request to obtain the data.

This is the latest in a series of legal challenges aimed at the commission by voting rights groups. The Brennan Center for Justice out of New York is one of the law firms representing the Utah plaintiffs. They’ve also filed lawsuits in Indiana and Texas.