OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma newspaper The Oklahoman is going to publish names of voters who voted in the 2016 presidential election based on a controversial database that they claim was developed by a “rogue foreign intelligence agency” and is designed to suppress the vote in the state.
The newspaper, which has been publishing the names for years, will publish the full names of the voters who used the database, and will also release their addresses and the dates and times of their ballots cast.
Oklahoman staff members said the database was developed in response to the 2016 election.
Last year, the newspaper published names of more than 400,000 people who had voted, which prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma to sue the newspaper for publication of their names.
In January, the Oklahoms court of appeals ruled in favor of the ACLU, and in August, the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied the ACLU’s request for a rehearing.
But a federal judge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday blocked the publication of the names, ruling the information was still secret and could be used to suppress minority voters.
On Tuesday, the ACLU and the state Supreme Court filed a lawsuit asking a judge to order the newspaper to release the names.