Press Release: Inspector General Asked to Investigate of U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s 2014 Citizenship Decision

(Alexandria, VA) – September 28.  Today, the Public Interest Legal Foundation called for an Inspector General investigation of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (“EAC”) January 2014 decision denying several States’ requests for modifications to the state-specific instructions of the federal voter registration form reflecting their proof of citizenship requirements.

The Foundation’s request follows last week’s request by special interest group Allied Progress for an investigation of EAC Executive Director Brian Newby.

Facts surrounding the January 2014 decision, however, have now come to light that raise serious concerns about the propriety of the January 2014 decision to deny Kansas the state specific instructions it requested in 2014.  For example, it was revealed in Court that an attorney for the United States Department of Justice Voting Section was involved in the decision.  The Voting Section is charged with enforcing a set of federal voting laws, not administering the independent Election Assistance Commission.

“Noncitizen voting is a genuine and serious concern in this country and several states are doing something about it,” said J. Christian Adams, President of the Public Interest Legal Foundation.  “Did the EAC make the decision to block citizenship verification in 2014?  Or, did outside interest groups and lawyers working in the Obama administration make the decision?  The Inspector General can and should find out.”

The Public Interest Legal Foundation 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.

A PDF of the letter sent by the Foundation can be found here.

A PDF of this press release can be found here.