Maine ordered to turn over voter rolls to conservative group

(The Center Square) — Maine is required to release its voter lists to a conservative group that’s conducting audits of recent elections to probe for fraud following a new federal court ruling.

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in Boston sided with lawyers for the Virginia-based Public Interest Legal Foundation, which filed the lawsuit, who argued that federal law allows data to be available for public inspection. 

The three-judge panel cited a provision of the National Voter Registration Act requiring public disclosure of “all records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters.” 

Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat who oversees the state’s election system, had argued that the release of the data would compromise voters’ privacy and personal information. She argued that if the voter information was posted online, they could be
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