• Keeping count of the recounts

    Sore losers are never pretty, but bored losers are worse. We should have seen it coming. After all, how complete would this epic 2016 Election be without an epilogue? If you haven’t stayed current with each twist and turn brought forth thanks to Green Party Candidate Jill Stein’s recount tour of the Rust Belt, here’s the latest update from each state.

    Wisconsin. By the time you read this, the Badger State’s actual recount will be roughly 75 percent complete and on track to finish on December 12. Stein’s $3.5 million exercise has left the status of the tabulation virtually unchanged. Historically, recounts will lead to increased vote totals for each major candidate for a myriad of reasons. No big deal. As all candidates see more votes in a recount, the question becomes: will a trailing party see so many new ballots that they overtake the leader? The numbers lay out thusly: Trump received 410 new votes, compared to Clinton’s 492 (allowing her to cut 82 votes into the overall margin of victory). Stein picked up 60, for a rate of $58,000 per vote! She probably would have been better off working on her graffiti skills in North Dakota.

    Michigan. The hand recount of 4.8 million votes was halted after U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith found that "there is no basis" for him to allow the effort to continue --especially after a state appellate court ruled unanimously that it should have never happened. Unlike Wisconsin, the MI recount would have been paid for by the taxpayers. Republican figureheads warned that the total price tag could have landed around $5 million.

    Pennsylvania. This one never really got off the ground for a variety of reasons. But the final nail in the coffin was the Green Party’s decision to drop the statewide lawsuit that would have triggered the recount.

    Former ICE Agent: Yeah, noncitizens are found as registered voters a lot

    Major discussions in 2017 will center on: 1) the true impact of noncitizen voting, and 2) how the nation can stop it. One former immigration officer doesn’t pull any punches concerning how bad the problem is. Retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Claude Arnold noted in a recent Fox News interview that during his career, he “routinely” found voter registration cards on the 1,000 plus individuals he apprehended beyond the border. Arnold summed up the problem of noncitizen voting this way: “it’s easy to do it and it’s being done.”

    Voter fraud flips another election…

    Hate to say we told you so, but that’s kind of part of our job. An election in south Texas has been ruled for a do-over after an absentee ballot fraud claim was made in a local court. The original vote count decided the winner of a Hidalgo City Council seat by six votes. Local news outlets report that the mulligan will occur in March 2017.

    Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

    If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, we hope you noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created by True the Vote to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms -- either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around. Do us a favor and let us know if you see an incident that should be added to this active and dynamic database!

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    9th of December 2016
  • HOUSTON, TX. – November 27, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement with respect to President-Elect Donald Trump’s claim that “millions” of individuals illegally voted in the 2016 Election. 

    “True the Vote absolutely supports President-elect Trump’s recent comment about the impact of illegal voting, as reflected in the national popular vote. We are still collecting data and will be for several months, but our intent is to publish a comprehensive study on the significant impact of illegal voting in all of its many forms and begin a national discussion on how voters, states, and the Trump Administration can best address this growing problem.”

    True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

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    28th of November 2016
  • What Did We Learn from VoteStand in 2016?

    True the Vote's first presidential election cycle with the reporting app, VoteStand, gave us a chance to really see what voters across the country were experiencing and redoubled our resolve to push for critical reforms in 2017. We received reports from 29 states. We’re still reviewing details, but here’s a general breakdown of reports by category.

    In the weeks ahead, TTV will continue working to verify outstanding reports. If you would like to submit a report about your election experience, please do – we are still hearing from voters all over the country and we want to hear from you, too!  Download VoteStand today if you have not already.

    Remember the IRS Lawsuit?

    TTV is living proof that the wheels of justice turn slowly. A critical court hearing in D.C. this week will determine the ultimate trajectory of how the case advances. On a separate note, a second appeal was filed to the U.S. Supreme Court last week to address the matter of whether individual defendants like Lois Lerner and former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman should be immune from liability, given that the appellate court has determined that the IRS itself must answer for its misdeeds. You can read more about this filing, here. Keep a close eye on your inbox for breaking announcements in the days ahead. TTV could likely begin real discovery into the IRS very soon.

    So, What’s Next for You?

    The 2016 Election is over….but the next phase in the election integrity cycle is fast approaching: legislative advocacy season. The notes you took as a poll watcher; the incidents reported near you in VoteStand; local news reports and others are all valuable assets to begin to build out a list of legislative reforms in your state. You can get an idea for your state’s legislative schedule by starting here. Still unsure as to what you do after that? TTV has you covered with training available now!

    Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

    If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, you may have noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms -- either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around. Do us a favor and let us know if you see an incident that should be added to this living database!

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    True the Vote
    18th of November 2016

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