LDF v. Trump

Date Filed: 07/18/2017

On July 18, 2017, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined The Ordinary People Society, an Alabama-based community organization, in filing a federal lawsuit against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which the President created by an executive order signed on May 11, 2017. Our complaint alleges that the Commission was formed with the intent to discriminate against voters of color in violation of the Constitution. We also contend that the President exceeded his executive authority in forming a commission to investigate individual or groups of voters, and that the Commission’s overwhelmingly skewed composition and pre-determined findings violate the law governing federal advisory committees.

On August 31, 2017, long-standing civil rights allies LatinoJustice PRLDEF and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) joined LDF in our case. Our amended complaint added seven plaintiffs: #HealSTL, NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference, NAACP Florida State Conference, Hispanic Federation, Mi Familia Vota, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. These additional plaintiffs collectively protect the rights of Black and Latino voters around the country, particularly from areas that President Trump targeted with divisive and discriminatory voter fraud rhetoric.