Judge Blocks Texas Secretary of State from Sending Data to Election Integrity Commission


By Bob Price
October 5, 2017

A Democrat Texas judge blocked the Secretary of State (TxSOS) from turning over data to President Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity from the public voter rolls. The TxSOS is required by state law to turn over the public information to anyone who requests it properly as long as it is not for commercial use.

Judge Tim Sulak, a Democrat who serves on the 353rd District Court located in Travis County, filed a temporary restraining order that prevents TxSOS Rolando Pablos from turning over voter information to the commission established by President Donald Trump in June, according to a spokesman from the TxSOS office.

This action by Judge Sulak follows on the heels of a report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) that revealed 12 Texas counties have more registered voters than voting-age adults who live in their county. Those counties are: Loving, Brooks, Irion, McMullen, Kenedy, Jim Hogg, Culberson, Edwards, Roberts, Polk, Kent, and Cottle.

While not speaking directly about this case, TxSOS spokesman Sam Taylor pointed Breitbart Texas to public court documents in which the agency argues that Texas law requires the office “to produce information from the statewide computerized voter registration list…to any requestor who complies with the statute’s procedures” – that is, to any person or organization that fills out the form, pays the fee and signs an affidavit certifying that the information will not be used for commercial purposes.

The public information does not include information such as Social Security number, military status, or party affiliation. The information does include the primary election the person last voted in, but that is not necessarily an indication of the voter’s political affiliation, Taylor explained.”We get about 400 requests per year for this information,” Taylor stated.

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