Report: How Left-Wing Election Reforms Are Forced on Unsuspecting Communities

‘Down the Hatch’ Explores Collusion Between Dona Ana County, NM and 3rd Party Orgs

(LAS CRUCES, NM.) – May 22, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) presents Down the Hatch: How Left-Wing Election Reforms Can Be Forced on Unsuspecting Communities, a new report detailing how sweetheart deals with outside groups can change election laws and “design” better cultures.

This report is a wake-up call for citizens concerned about their local elections,PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “The people are entitled to decide how to choose local officials without the agitation of well-funded special interests. Radical changes to how elections are conducted happened here with the collusion of election officials.”

Read Down the Hatch here.

Summary

–Learn How Dona Ana County invited outside groups to “design a culture” that valued “inclusive democracy” and changed election laws in the process.

–Read how sweetheart deals are floated to change election dates to better ensure preferred outcomes by outside groups.

–Witness the daily collaboration with outside activists to promote ranked choice voting reforms.

–See the personnel revolving door between activists and county offices in action.

–Review the documents between activists and officials about rescheduling an election to secure victory for a pet cause.

New Mexico Voter Roll Audit Overview

–Potentially Deceased “Active” Registrants: 1,681

–Registrants Aged 100+: 1,519

–Potentially Duplicated Registrants at Same Address: 1,584

–Potentially Duplicated Registrants Voting Twice Across State Lines: 55

–Potentially Duplicated Registrants Voting Across County Lines: 30

–Registrants Claiming Potential Commercial Addresses for Voting Purposes: 188

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

PILF Applauds New DOJ Election Fraud Case in Pennsylvania

DOJ Alleges Ballot Box Stuffing Conspiracy in Philly Primary Elections

(PHILADELPHIA, PA.) — May 21, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) issued this reaction to the DOJ’s announcement of charges for a Philadelphia Judge of Elections regarding alleged election fraud.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation applauds the work of United States Attorney William M. McSwain and his work to prosecute election fraud crimes,PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Today there was an indictment of Philadelphia Judge of Elections Domenick J. DeMuro for allegedly conspiring to stuff ballot boxes for particular candidates in primary elections spanning from 2014 to 2016, among other charges. The Trump administration’s prosecution of election fraud stands in stark contrast to the total failure of the Obama Justice Department to enforce these laws. Right now, other federal prosecutors are aware of cases of double voting in federal elections as well as noncitizen voting. Attorney General William Barr should prompt those other offices to do their duty and prosecute known election crimes. Those who are considering election crimes should take note of U.S. Attorney McSwain’s work. Now, they have something to fear before they violate federal election laws.”

Read the DOJ announcement and case details here. Read the charging document here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

Allegheny County, PA Voter Roll Cleanup Lawsuit Ends

Settlement Secures Information-Sharing Agreement for Voter Roll List Maintenance Leads

(PITTSBURGH, PA.) — May 19, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reached a settlement with Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to create an information-sharing agreement that allows for voter registration roll list maintenance leads and feedback. (PILF v. Voye).

The parties agreed to dismiss the case after the settlement was reached on Monday, May 18.

Allegheny County deserves credit for agreeing to fix a serious problem with elections there,PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “People have been getting registered two, three, four, even seven times over to vote in Pittsburgh and the suburbs. We found those problems, and the County agreed to fix them. We also outlined plans to address registration files which may be outdated, incomplete, or belong to deceased persons. This settlement demonstrates what can be accomplished when good government groups work with election officials in good faith without the interference of ideologically driven activists who oppose such measures. Those same activists push radical changes to vote by mail, which shows how important this settlement was for a clean election in Pennsylvania.”

Prior to the initiation of the lawsuit, the Foundation provided the County with more than 12,450 specific voter list maintenance leads after reviewing the official roll for evidence of potentially duplicated, deceased, incomplete, or otherwise inaccurate entries.

Settlement Terms Summary

–County will provide records showing the results of comparisons between the Foundation’s leads involving potentially deceased registrants within 60 days of the agreement.

–County will provide records showing the results of proposed duplicated registration merges within 60 days of the agreement.

–County agrees, within 60 days, to send letters to registrants with fictitious or placeholder dates of birth on file.

–County agrees to review registration records where dates of birth exceed 110 years of age and determine if death notices were previously overlooked on an annual basis for the next three years.

–County agrees to accept future list maintenance leads from the Foundation over the next one-year period.

The Foundation originally filed the lawsuit in February 2020 after performing an audit of Allegheny County’s official voter registration roll. A similar lawsuit is pending against the City of Detroit, Michigan.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, number 2:20-cv-00279.

Attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation were Noel H. Johnson and Susan Becker. Philadelphia-based Linda A. Kerns served as local counsel.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

Court Brief: Thousands of Dead Registrants Remain on Voter Rolls in Virginia

New Amicus Brief & Notice Letter Outlines Potentially Dead, Duplicate Registrants

(LYNCHBURG, VA.) – April 28, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a tandem request with the Landmark Legal Foundation to file an amicus brief in the ongoing lawsuit to drop Virginia’s requirement for witness signatures on mail ballot materials as a matter of emergency amid the Coronavirus pandemic (League of Women Voters of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections).

The brief outlines flaws in the full Virginia voter registration roll, potentially deceased registrants in particular, as the Commonwealth faces legal demands to remove witness signature requirements on mail ballot materials.

Virginia’s witness requirement is a longstanding measure designed to protect registrants whose ballots might fall into unintended hands. PILF document’s in the brief how the Commonwealth is apparently falling behind in removing deceased registrants. Our election systems will be taxed enough under this pandemic—the plaintiffs are simply using the crisis to further weaken election security standards.

Virginia Voter Roll Audit Quick Facts

— # of Potentially Dead Registrants: 11,600

— # of Registrations Potentially Showing Commercial Addresses: 1,772

— # of Registrants Apparently Duplicated Across State Lines with Apparent Voter Credits in 2018 Election: 592

The brief also outlines several legal issues which should reasonably maintain the existing witness requirement for mail ballots, namely that it does not create an unconstitutional burden.

The brief attaches a separate notice of violation to the Virginia Department of Elections for failing to maintain the list pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

The Foundation ultimately sampled all active registrants, finding more than 11,600 potentially listed as dead according to the Social Security Death Index, typically with corresponding published obituaries.

The Foundation also studied and catalogued examples of single registrants who managed to become registered to vote multiple times in Virginia and another state with apparently overlapping voter credits in 2018. The Foundation flagged a sample of 592 registration files for interstate duplicate concerns.

The Foundation also flagged another 1,772 registrants who apparently claimed potential commercial addresses as residential ones. 

PILF previously wrote to the Virginia Department of Elections to exercise caution against dropping the witness requirement at the urging of the ACLU-Virginia.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation devoted significant resources into developing real data tools that find problems with election administration and works cooperatively with officials to fix findings. PILF currently has six active lawsuits in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, and Maine and just recently settled a case in Houston, Texas.

The litigation continues in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. The case number is 6:20-cv-00024. The attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation are J. Christian Adams and Noel Johnson. Louisa-based Graven W. Craig of CraigWilliams, PLC serves as local counsel. Michael J. O’Neill and Matthew C. Forys are attorneys for the Landmark Legal Foundation.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

Report: 28 Million Mail Ballots Went Missing in Past Decade

More Than 2 Million Ballots Also Sent to Wrong Addresses

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN.) – April 13, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a research brief detailing national figures for mail balloting failures, according to previous federal surveys.

Roughly 1 in 5 ballots never completed the mail voting process in the past decade.

Putting the election in the hands of the United States Postal Service would be a catastrophe. Over the recent decade, there were 28 million missing and misdirected ballots,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “These represent 28 million opportunities for someone to cheat. Absentee ballot fraud is the most common; the most expensive to investigate; and can never be reversed after an election. The status quo was already bad for mail balloting. The proposed emergency fix is worse.

PILF relied on U.S. Election Assistance Commission survey data to compile national figures regarding mail ballot errors. The federal surveys reflect the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018 General Elections.

The EAC defines “unknown” ballots as those that “were not returned by voter, spoiled, returned as undeliverable, or otherwise unable to be tracked by your office.”

Summary of Findings – 2012 thru 2018

Total Ballots Transmitted – 146,371,771

Number of Ballots Official Marked “Unknown” After Mailing – 28,359,530

Undeliverable Ballots – 2,147,987

Rejected Ballots upon Receipt – 1,275,924

Access the full research brief, here.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

Court Brief: Thousands of Dead, Duplicated Registrants Could Get Mail Ballots in New Mexico

New Amicus Brief Outlines Potentially Dead, Duplicate Registrants at Risk of Getting Mail Ballots

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – April 8, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a request to file an amicus brief in the ongoing New Mexico Supreme Court lawsuit to adopt emergency all-mail balloting for the 2020 Election (New Mexico v. Toulouse Oliver).

The brief outlines flaws in the statewide New Mexico voter registration roll that could directly impact any all-mail balloting scenario in 2020.  It would potentially send thousands of mail ballots to registrants who have died, have multiple registrations, or are registered at commercial addresses.

PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said: “We know from our data that New Mexico’s voter roll is not maintained to the standard needed for an automatic, all-mail election. There are concrete solutions, but rushing headlong to vote-by-mail is not one of them.”

New Mexico Voter Roll Audit Quick Facts

— # of Registrations flagged for duplicate concerns: 3,168

— # of Potentially Dead Registrants: 1,681

— # of Registrants Appearing Aged 100+: 1,519

— # of Registrations Potentially Showing Commercial Addresses: 188

The brief also attaches a notice of violation to the New Mexico Secretary of State for failing to maintain the list pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

The Foundation ultimately sampled all active registrants, finding more than 1,681 potentially listed as dead according to the Social Security Death Index and corresponding published obituaries. Of chief concern was the amount of time these “active” registrants have each remained on the rolls beyond their respective dates of passing. Eighty-seven percent (87%) died in the year 2018 or before—some reaching back to the early 1980s.

The Foundation also studied and catalogued examples of single registrants who potentially managed to become registered to vote multiple times with matching or substantially similar names and other biographical information within the same addresses. The Foundation flagged a sample of 3,168 registration files for duplicate concerns.

The Foundation also flagged impossibly old dates of birth held within the voter file. More than 1,519 were flagged age 100 years or older. Taken at face value, the oldest registrants in the New Mexico (64 of them) are each 120-years-old.

The Foundation also flagged another 188 registrants who potentially claimed commercial addresses as residential ones. 

The Public Interest Legal Foundation devoted significant resources into developing real data tools that find problems with election administration and works cooperatively with officials to fix findings. PILF has sought to employ credible real-world solutions across the country in multiple venues to improve elections–sometimes quietly and cooperatively–and with litigation. PILF currently has six active lawsuits in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, and Maine and just recently settled a case in Houston, Texas. PILF employs concrete solutions to real problems in election administration.

The litigation continues in the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico. The case number is S-1-SC-38228. The attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation are J. Christian Adams and Noel Johnson. Albuquerque-based Patrick J. Rogers serves as local counsel.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

PILF Client Seeks Intervention Role in NC Election Observer Lawsuit

State Attorneys Ignore Arguments Against At-Large Observer Rights

(RALEIGH, NC.) – March 26, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a motion to intervene on behalf of client Voter Integrity Project NC to defend North Carolina against attacks to their recent voter integrity law that increased at-large election observer rights and created a voter identification requirement (North Carolina NAACP et. al v. Cooper et. al.).

“North Carolina is leaving observer rights largely undefended against activists opposed to transparent elections,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Using the important Voting Rights Act to attack transparent elections is both wrong and beyond the Constitutional application of that important civil rights law. In a time of great stress and change, our elections must have more citizen observation—not less.”

“Our entire democratic process depends on the confidence both sides hold in the election’s results, and observers play a critical role,” said Jay DeLancy, Director of VIP-NC. “We defend North Carolina’s at-large observer law because it helps rescue us from the Jim-Crow past, when election officials intimidated the voters, abused observers, and rigged outcomes.”   

Intervenor’s Argument Summary

VIP-NC’s has an established record of recruiting and training observers dating back to before the 2012 Election. Trainees are taught to document voter misconduct, election worker errors, and offer on-the-spot correction when warranted.

An order for the plaintiffs would damage a core function of VIP-NC as it is a founding purpose of their citizen initiative.

The State of North Carolina is derelict in defending the current observer system being contested in the case. A core tenet of whether any intervention in any case is warranted is if a party is failing to protect the interests of others impacted. This case marks a clear example of an incomplete defense of law. With a successful intervention, all arguments raised by the plaintiffs will finally be answered before the Court.

The case is currently in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The case number is 1:18-cv-1034. The attorney for the Public Interest Legal Foundation is Kaylan L. Phillips. Raleigh-based Timothy R. Haga serves as local counsel.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

Voter Integrity Project – NC is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization founded in a grassroots effort to promote open and honest election in North Carolina and has pioneered analytic and detection processes that resulted in numerous fraudulent voters being brought to justice.###

Harris County, TX Foreign Voter Record Lawsuit Ends

Preferred Settlement Will Secure Release of All Requested Records

(HOUSTON, TX.) – March 18, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) reached a settlement with Harris County, Texas to disclose records of foreigners voting in Texas elections. The United States District Court entered a settlement order this week. (PILF v. Harris Bennett).

The federal district court in Houston, Texas, entered the settlement agreement between the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar and the Foundation late Tuesday, March 17.

“Our election systems must be transparent. Foreigners are registering and voting in the United States. Election officials must be transparent and follow federal disclosure laws if we are ever to understand the extent of the problem. This settlement is the best possible outcome for clean elections in Texas,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “The Foundation will now be able to catalog and share with key leaders the systemic problems that allow foreigners onto the voter rolls. Research like this bolsters the interests of all coming into contact with the Motor Voter system—no matter where they were born.

Settlement Terms Summary

–County will provide records showing cancellations from voter roll due to later confirmation of ineligibility.

–County will provide records where “notices of examination” were sent to registrants where eligibility was officially questioned.

–County will provide copies of voter registration applications containing blank or negative responses to citizenship eligibility questions.

–County will provide lists of registrants cancelled after disqualification from jury service for noncitizenship.

–County will provide all communication files between registrar’s office and law enforcement entities regarding ineligible registrants.

–All records held between January 1, 2013 to date are subject to the agreement.

The Foundation previously defeated Harris County’s motion to dismiss the case in March 2019.

The Foundation originally selected Harris County for study after local officials described the underlying problems spanning nearly two decades—most often in the context of lobbying for or against election reform bills in Austin or Washington.

The Foundation also defeated a case dismissal effort brought by the Pennsylvania Department of State in December 2019 for similar records.

Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 allows individuals to inspect “records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters,” the PILF noted in its original complaint.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, number 4:18-cv-00981. Judge Andrew S. Hanen presided.

Attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation were J. Christian Adams and Noel H. Johnson. Brenham-based Andy Taylor of Andy Taylor & Associates, P.C. serves as local counsel.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

###

Lawsuit: Allegheny County, PA Isn’t Properly Cleaning Voter Rolls

County Procedures Leave Dead, Duplicate, Corrupted Registrations on Roll

(PITTSBURGH, PA.) – February 26, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit against Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for failing to reasonably maintain voter registration records under federal and state law (Public Interest Legal Foundation v. Allegheny Board of Elections).

“List maintenance in Allegheny County has broken down,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “We found people registered multiple times, registrants who were dead for decades, and problems throughout the rolls. Elections cannot have the same people registered two, three, or even seven times at once. We hope bringing this action will result in a quick solution before elections in November.”

Allegheny County Quick Facts

— # of Registrations flagged for duplicate, 3X, 4X, 7X concerns: 7,493

— # of Dead Registrants: 1,583

— # of Registrants Aged 100+: 1,523 (49 in the 1800s)

— # of Registrations Missing Actual Dates of Birth: 1,178

— # of Registrations Missing Actual Dates of Registration: 193

— # of Registrations with Corrupted or Out-of-State Addresses: 35

–Voter Registration Rate per 2018 Citizen Voting-Age Population: 95%

The initial complaint explains the Foundation studied the County’s voter list maintenance efforts throughout 2019 to date by a variety of means. At several points in the past year, PILF acquired the statewide qualified voter file from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State for the purpose of comparing registration lists against federal death records and other official sources.

The Foundation ultimately sampled all active registrants finding more than 1,580 listed as dead.

The Foundation also studied and catalogued examples of single registrants who managed to become registered to vote two and even up to seven times with matching or substantially similar names and other biographical information within the same addresses. PILF flagged a grand total of 7,493 registration files for duplicate, triplicate, quadruplicate, and even septuplicate concerns. Among them, examples of married/maiden name conflicts, simple typographical errors, and conflicting gender designations were trending concerns.

One subject was recorded as registering to vote up to seven times in a single day while out of state.

The Foundation also flagged impossibly old dates of birth held within the voter file. More than 1,520 were flagged age 100 years or older. One registrant is stated as being born in “June 1800,” the same year Thomas Jefferson won eight of Pennsylvania’s 15 Electoral College votes against President John Adams.

The Foundation flagged an emerging trend of dozens of subjects managing to register in Allegheny County despite only providing residential addresses outside of Pennsylvania

The County also relies on placeholder information within registrant files. In nearly 1,200 instances, dates of birth were not captured. In another roughly 200 cases, the County did not know when a registration file was established.

The Foundation seeks relief under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires officials to make “reasonable efforts” to maintain voter lists and offers a private right to file a lawsuit if standards are not met.

In July 2018, PILF published a study regarding foreign nationals’ requests to cancel their Allegheny County voter registration files due to immigration and naturalization concerns.

A similar voter roll list maintenance lawsuit was brought by PILF against the City of Detroit in December 2019. Separate litigation between the Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of State regarding the disclosure of registration cancellation records involving foreign nationals is pending in the Middle District. The Court rejected Pennsylvania’s motion to dismiss the suit in December 2019.

The new case was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The case number is 2:20-cv-00279. The attorney for the Public Interest Legal Foundation is J. Christian Adams. Linda A. Kerns L.L.C. serves as local counsel.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. ###

Maine SOS Matt Dunlap Sued for Failing to Disclose Voter Data

(AUGUSTA, ME.) – February 19, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit today against Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap for failing to disclose voter registration records under federal law (Public Interest Legal Foundation v. Matthew Dunlap).

“Secretary Dunlap purports to be a champion of transparency, until it comes to his own office,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Maine law conflicts with federal statute. A person or organization’s lack of partisan interests should not disqualify them from reviewing list maintenance records. Maine’s elections records must be made available to the public.

The complaint filed today, February 19, explains the Foundation initially requested copies of Maine’s statewide voter file and voting histories on October 17, 2019 pursuant to Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Secretary Dunlap’s office notified PILF the same day that the request was denied, given that the Foundation did not intend to leverage the data for electioneering purposes. On October 29, the Foundation provided notice to Secretary Dunlap that litigation would commence after his office did not release the data pursuant to the federal statutes governing the matter.

The Foundation seeks relief under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires officials to make voter list maintenance documents like the voter roll itself available for inspection to the general public. The law also offers a private right to file a lawsuit if denied.

Other federal courts which have confronted the issue have sided in favor of disclosure of public records.

Maine is now one of the last states to disclose election records in the face of federal inspection rights. Delaware and Massachusetts recently opened access to their respective registration records pursuant to PILF’s federal inspection requests. Litigation is ongoing in Maryland for the same.

Augusta maintains a contradictory record with respect to disclosure laws in recent years.

-Secretary Dunlap notoriously sued the U.S. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (for which he was a commissioner) over claims he was excluded from business communications and was therefore due those records. He later admitted he was “cajole[d]” into standing as a plaintiff for a third-party organization wishing to bring the suit.

-Prior to suing his fellow commissioners, Secretary Dunlap denied the presidential advisory commission’s request for a copy of Maine’s voter registration roll.

-PILF previously represented a nonprofit organization that spent more than five years fighting to protect the names of its private donors from the State of Maine. The foes of PILF’s client complained that PILF’s client violated Maine’s campaign finance laws. Maine decided to investigate the organization, seeking sensitive information including donor identities. There, Maine fought to enforce its disclosure laws over the client’s concerns about donor harassment.

The Foundation sued the City of Detroit for failing to maintain its voter list from dead and duplicate registrants in December 2019. The lawsuit is intended to help ensure the best voter roll data quality ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election.

The new case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maine. The case number is 1:20-cv-00061. The attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation are Noel H. Johnson and Kaylan L. Phillips. Portland-based Stephen C. Whiting serves as local counsel.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. ###

Older Entries