EPIC FOIA: DHS Collaborated With Presidential Election Commission on Voter Data Collection

EPIC has obtained records under the Freedom of Information Act showing that the Department of Homeland Security communicated frequently with the Presidential Election Commission after EPIC filed a lawsuit to block the Commission's efforts to obtain state voter data. The documents show that DHS officials had numerous communications with Commission staff beginning in June 2017. The records obtained by EPIC also reveal that Kirstjen Nielsen, now the DHS Secretary, worried that the Commission's voter data grab would "disrupt critical efforts DHS is leading to work with state and local officials" on election cybersecurity. After EPIC brought suit in July, the Commission suspended the data collection program, discontinued the use of an unsafe computer server, and deleted voter information that was illegally obtained. The Commission was ultimately shut down in January 2018.


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