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Free Speech For People has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) to uncover communications about election security to and from the National Association of Secretaries of State. The lawsuit under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act charges the Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, with unlawfully denying access to public records regarding the reliability and security of voting machines. The Secretary has twenty days to respond.
“There has been worryingly little meaningful reform to secure our election systems in the wake of the revelations that foreign agents are trying to hack our elections. There is a through-line that directly connects the mis-information from NASS and Secretary Lawson to local officials’ resistance to adopting essential security policies for our voting process,” says Susan Greenhalgh, Policy Director for the National Election Defense Coalition. “We need to know why NASS and Secretary Lawson have repeated mis-information about voting system security that seems to originate from the voting system vendors.”
“After nine months of fruitless exchanges and Secretary Lawson’s repeatedly evolving explanations for denial and delay, NEDC still hasn’t received the vast majority of public records that it requested from the Secretary,” says Ron Fein, Legal Director of Free Speech For People. “It’s unfortunate that we need to sue to compel the Secretary to turn over these emails, but her delays have left us no choice.”