• Working Double Duty in North Carolina

    ‘Tis the season to prepare our nation’s voter rolls ahead of the 2016 elections. With the help of True the Vote’s steadfast research volunteers, we’re going coast-to-coast cleaning registries of duplicate, dead and even double voters – starting in North Carolina. Ten of the Tar Heel State’s largest counties were contacted over the past month, as TTV findings documented potential duplicate voter registrations totaling in the thousands of records. In a press release circulated earlier this week, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht explained, “History has shown that inaccurate voter registries lead to inaccurate elections, yet our research continues to find significant problems in the nation’s registry and very little evidence of active efforts to correct those problems … Our goal now is to collaborate with these NC counties to ensure that legitimate voters are registered once - and only once. From a national perspective, we’re just getting started.” We look forward to reporting back on the ways the North Carolina counties handle our research. So far, one county reviewed their 493 potential duplicates and later purged or merged 655 bogus records. Our crack team is currently combing through files in Ohio, Colorado and Maryland for similar irregularities. Stay tuned!


    Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study this week, which detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. For True the Vote to build a national voter roll research effort, it costs $126,482 just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.


    IRS Lawsuit Update: Here Come the Judges

    It’s widely recognized that the wheels of justice turn very slowly, and True the Vote’s experience is no different. Although it seems like ages since our last update on the True the Vote v. IRS case, substantial news came this week. You may recall that in a similar case at the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., a fellow IRS target received a favorable judgment that allowed their claims to move forward to discovery and trial. Based on that ruling, TTV argued that it would be appropriate for our lawsuit to receive similar treatment. Unfortunately, the court ruled against our motion, setting deadlines for new briefs to be submitted lasting until March 2016. In the same order, the court assigned the three-judge panel for our eventual hearing: Karen LeCraft Henderson (H.W. Bush, 1990), Judith W. Rogers (Clinton, 1994) and Cornelia T.L. Pillard (Obama, 2013). As always, we’ll keep you posted.


    Lunch & Learn Replay

    During the month of September, True the Vote hosted two National Conference calls featuring renowned experts in the election integrity and political law fields. The TTV Team is very grateful to Heritage Foundation Fellow Hans von Spakovsky and Public Interest Legal Foundation General Counsel J. Christian Adams for their participation in this successful series. If you couldn’t tune in earlier this month when we discussed the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century with Hans von Spakovsky, don’t worry. You can catch the replay here. This week’s call with Christian Adams, detailing how you can fight back against bloated voter rolls in your community, can be replayed here.

    Join us this month as we sit down with National Review Online columnist John Fund in our National Conference call. Save the date -- Tuesday, Oct 13 @ 6 PM Central  – and sign up now!


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    Alabama Supreme Court reverses ruling on 2013 voter fraud case

    Indiana Democrat faces federal voter fraud charges

    Connecticut Democrat cuts deal to plead guilty in voter fraud case for suspended sentence

    Sep. 29 Lunch and Learn w/ J. Christian Adams

    MSNBC: Group seeks voter roll purge ahead of 2016


    Omaha World-Herald editorial: Clean voter rolls matter

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  • 159 ballots due to be rejected

    After losing her 2013 Tuscaloosa City School Board race, candidate Kelly Horowitz contested the election, alleging voter fraud by members of the University of Alabama greek system – including a ‘booze for votes’ scheme – skewed the results.  Horowitz challenged the votes of over 300 UA students as “illegal based on lack of residency, bribery or misconduct, and ineligibility.”

    The bribery charge stemmed from reports that “greek students were incentivized with free alcohol at two local bars, as well as UA Panhellenic and in-hours points, as a means of securing votes” for Horowitz’ opponent.

    A lower court dismissed the case, contending “there were not enough potential illegal ballots to overturn the results.”

    The Supreme Court disagreed, concluding that “though Horwitz was unable to prove the illegality of the votes on the basis of misconduct in the form of bribery, there were 159 ballots due to be rejected, 105 of them based on residency and 54 based on other factors of ineligibility.”  The case now goes back to the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.

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    1st of October 2015
  • Another “irrational” person willing to risk felony charges to influence an election:

    Sullivan County, Indiana councilman Max Judson, who won his 2014 Democrat primary election by just 18 votes, was arrested and charged with one count each of voter fraud and witness tampering. “He faces 25 years if convicted on both crimes.”

    The FBI complaint charges Judson with violating federal and state election laws by soliciting a voter to fill out an absentee ballot application who wasn’t eligible to vote in Sullivan County.  Judson admits knowingly doing this, as well as “telling several Voters to be untruthful to the FBI.”

    JUDSON further admitted to being present while at least 15 people filled out their Sullivan County Primary absentee ballots. JUDSON stated that on nearly all of these occasions, JUDSON either told these Voters how they should vote or which bubbles to fill in on their ballots. JUDSON admitted that he knew his conduct to be wrong, and that as a candidate he should not have been involved in the voting process.

    Also by his own admission, this wasn’t the first time the councilman did wrong, though he “was not sure how many elections he personally assisted Voters with their votes.”

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    30th of September 2015

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