"I will not allow the Department of Justice to infiltrate and influence elections in Louisiana and under no circumstances will I hand over the sensitive private information of this states registered voters." Tom Schedler, Louisiana Secretary of State
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (PRWEB) August 08, 2012
The United States Department of Justice in effort with Project Vote and the NAACP has launched what electoral watchdog VoteGuards.org calls "a full assault on the civil liberties of all registered voters in Louisiana under the guise of voter disenfranchisement.” *
The Department of Justice has demanded all data relating to all registered voters in Louisiana; current and former names, current and former addresses, current and former counties of residence, date of birth, full social security number, current and former driver’s license numbers, race and/or ethnicity, medical records, disability records, and all current and former internal identification numbers assigned to every single registered voter in the state.*
Currently Louisiana ranks 4th in the Nation with over 84% of residents over 18 registered to vote and is regarded as one of the best election systems in the United States. Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is vigorously fighting both the DOJ and NAACP/Project Vote Lawsuit. Schedler released this statement regarding the efforts of the Voter Participation Center in Louisiana.
“The Department of Justice cannot come down to Louisiana and bully the state for vital voter information using only one section of voter registration law, but completely ignore the other sections. But unfortunately, that’s precisely what they’re doing," said U.S. Senator David Vitter. "They’re allowing some states to keep felons, illegal aliens and dead people on their voter rolls – which is a clear violation of the law – while arm-twisting Louisiana to hand over private information about our registered voters.”
This letter was release by Louisiana State Representative Chris Broadwater condemning the attack on Louisiana calling it an "overt war on our civil liberties by the Obama Administration."
VoteGuards.org is a citizen-led policy and grassroots advocacy effort to empower Americans to take action to preserve our rights and insure that the foundation of our democracy is sound, and to educate the public about attacks on the integrity of our civil liberties and voting rights — whether through diluting the privacy of our personal information or through unfair voter registration efforts which effectively rob us of having our votes count.
- The United States District Court For The Middle District Of Louisiana;
Civil Action No. 3:11-CV-00470-JJB-DLD