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ACLU sues over cost for voter lists (Broken watch still correct 2x daily alert??)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | a | Jim McKinnon

Posted on 08/14/2004 10:52:37 AM PDT by buzzyboop

The ACLU has sued the Allegheny County Election Bureau, claiming that they had to pay $1,000 each for copies of voter registration rolls while the two major political parties got the same information free.

The suit, filed yesterday by the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, says the county's policy violates open records laws and Constitutional rights.

"Charging people different rates based on their party affiliations violates the most basic American value of treating all people the same, regardless of political beliefs," Vic Walczak, litigation director of the local ACLU, said yesterday.

The county's Department of Elections also violates the state election code, which says public information must be made available at cost, the ACLU said.

According to the county Election Code, voter registration information is considered public and should cost the petitioner no more than it costs the government to provide it.

The suit was filed on behalf of a political activist and advocacy organizations who claim they were told they'd have to pay $1,000 for the rolls.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: aclu; elections; lists; voterregistration; voters
I should be able to get the list at nominal cost if I wanted it, certainly not $1,000. Much as I hate to admit it, our 'friends' at the ACLU are on the right side of this one, IMHO.
1 posted on 08/14/2004 10:52:38 AM PDT by buzzyboop
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To: buzzyboop

ACLU was also correct supporting Rush and his medical records issue. That's the other time ACLU was right on something.

2 posted on 08/14/2004 10:54:24 AM PDT by buzzyboop (no tags, no fuss)
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Probably the first and last time too. I don't trust a bunch of ACLU lawyers any more than I do the others.

3 posted on 08/14/2004 11:02:31 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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