• Voter Registration Shaming: Canine Edition

    If you live in a swing state, you must constantly be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on what tries to pass as ‘official election mail’. Recently, a family in the Raleigh, North Carolina area received an envelope stating, “government documents enclosed” that pertained to their household’s voter registration. So they promptly opened it. Inside, they found a letter from the Voter Participation Center, with a downtown Raleigh address, noting that one family member -- Benicia -- was discovered to not be currently registered to vote. Further, the mailing stated that the entity “will be reviewing the North Carolina voter file in eight weeks to see” if Benicia submitted an application to register. There’s a big problem here (among others): Benicia was a border collie who has since deceased.

    This isn’t the first time that the Voter Participation Center has popped up with official-looking mailers trawling for new voters in the pet cemeteries of America. These kinds of groups purchase commercial databases and blend them with voter rolls to spot gaps. Is that fraud? Not really. Can it create opportunities for fraud? You better believe it! Some voter registration agencies develop ‘white lists’ to keep tabs on every residential address that could be used for voter registration; but the same cannot be said for eligible voters.

    Whether you live in the swingiest state in the nation or not, data-driven politicking can create issues like the one described above. If you receive any questionable mail posing as official election business, tell True the Vote.

    Schedule a TTV speaker today!

    Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

    Congress Considers Docking IRS Chief’s Pay

    If you can’t impeach him, just don’t pay him! That’s the latest thinking on Capitol Hill regarding what is to be done with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. This week, Congressmen Ken Buck (R-CO) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) added an amendment to the 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act to zero out the IRS Chief’s salary, effectively removing him from the job. You can help out here. Contact members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and show your support for the effort today.

    Sign up for the July 12, 2016 TTV National Conference Call

    We may be approaching the dog days of summer already, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time to let our involvement and activism slack off.  Click here to sign up for the July 12, 2016 Conference Call today. The call is scheduled to begin at 6pm Central time. We can’t wait to connect with you!  

    Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank 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.

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    24th of June 2016
  • A moral victory over the IRS?

    To say it’s frustrating seeing members of Congress promise to protect top officers of the Internal Revenue Service is an understatement, at best. But, that’s where we are. This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution (along party lines) to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. His supporters on the Committee made the case that he simply misled Congress over what he knew about the IRS targeting scheme at the time he testified -- rather than intentionally falsifying his testimony. Nevertheless, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Oversight Committee Chairman, said this was the “first step” to impeachment of the Obama appointee. The House Judiciary Committee is still considering full impeachment.

    Good news, right? Well, no.  Not really.

    If the House of Representatives managed to send an impeachment action to the Senate, it would be DOA. The Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), told The Hill that there’s zero chance any impeachment action would be taken seriously. Yeah. You should tell him how you feel about that. Congress can grandstand and proclaim common cause with True the Vote all it wants. But, getting justice remains our business alone.

    Schedule a TTV speaker today!

    Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

    Voter registration fraud ruins lives

    New York offers yet another cautionary tale of what can happen when someone becomes so blinded by their politics that they decide to allegedly cheat. Niagara Falls resident Rus Thompson faces criminal prosecution for falsely registering and voting in primary and general elections in 2015. To date, he has rejected plea deals, and now he faces up to four years in prison if convicted. You can read more about the story at the Buffalo News.

    Sign up for the July 12, 2016 TTV National Conference Call

    We may be approaching the dog days of summer already, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time to let our involvement and activism slack off.  Click here to sign up for the July 12, 2016 Conference Call today. The call is scheduled to begin at 6pm Central time. We can’t wait to connect with you!  

    Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank 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.

    Voter ID Updates

    ALABAMA

    Jim Bennett says his office's mobile ID unit made 93 stops across the state before the primary and runoff elections.
    Mobile voter ID unit coming to central Alabama
     
    Representatives of the office set up at Priceville Town Hall to provide free photo identification to those in need of voter IDs. It's a year round comprehensive county by county tour. All registered voters can get a free ID. They target places with heavy foot traffic.
    Secretary of State’s Office sets up around the state offering free voter IDs
     
    KANSAS

    The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling temporarily upholds a court order that required Kansas to allow those individuals to vote in federal elections even though they didn't provide citizenship documentation when applying or renewing their driver's licenses, as required under Kansas law. The state has said as many as 50,000 people could be affected.
    10th Circuit: Kansas Can't Block Voters From Casting Ballots
     
    At issue is the fate of more than 18,000 voter registration applications—most submitted by Kansans under the age of 30— that came via motor vehicle offices and that didn’t include documentary proof of citizenship. Citing a 2011 state law he pushed for that requires applicants to submit proof of citizenship, Kobach says the applications should be rejected. Voter registration applicants already must affirm, on penalty of perjury, that they are U.S. citizens.
    Kris Kobach won’t say if he’s complying with order to register voters
     
    MISSOURI
    Missouri photo voter ID legislation will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, but legislation directing how to implement the measure is still on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk.
    Nixon looks at whether to veto, sign photo voter ID implementation plan
     
    NEW MEXICO
    The Roswell Daily Record reports that Republican Nora Espinoza told a group of GOP women this week that those who assert Hispanics lack the ability to obtain IDs to vote insult all Latinos.
    Secretary of State candidates trade barbs over voter ID
     
    “Let me tell you what disenfranchisement really is,” Espinoza said. “If a single ineligible voter casts a vote, every single honest voter in New Mexico is disenfranchised. If anyone votes in the place of someone else, whether that person be alive or dead or barks, every honest New Mexican is disenfranchised.”
    Espinoza, who is Hispanic, said she supports combating voter fraud with a state voter ID law. Espinoza said she will press the issue in her campaign for secretary of state, the third highest office in state government after governor and lieutenant governor, to ensure the integrity of elections.
    Espinoza: New Mexicans support voter IDs
     
    NORTH DAKOTA
    North Dakota election officials said there were few problems with voter identification Tuesday. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said about 4:30 p.m. staff members there had no more than 10 calls on voter ID issues over the course of the day.
    Primary turnout strong statewide with 24 percent of eligible voters casting ballots
     
    WISCONSIN
    The state Government Accountability Board asked the Joint Finance Committee in April to release the money. The GAB suspended its voter ID outreach campaign in 2012 after a court challenge blocked the requirement. A federal appellate court ultimately upheld the law in 2014 and it was in effect for this past February’s primary and the April 6 general election.
    Finance committee OKs money for voter ID outreach
     
    Local cities and villages are prepping for a high-turnout presidential election in November, at the same time many of their most reliable poll workers are aging out of the job. This has left a gap of well over 100 new people needed at polling sites across Brown County to prevent delays for voters, according to area clerks.
    Green Bay area needs over 100 new poll workers

    Mandatory Voter Registration Updates

    OREGON
    Roughly 68,500 Oregonians have been automatically registered to vote under the state's new "motor voter" law.
    Oregon registers 68,500 voters under "Motor Voter"

    Updates are provided by the Lawyers Democracy Fund.

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    17th of June 2016
  • As it stands now, Ohio’s Golden Week will be back for this fall’s presidential election, unless and until the state prevails in its appeal to the 6th Circuit:

    “We have to have standards. We can’t have this ‘Golden Week’ out there, where people from other states are coming into Ohio, registering and voting in the same day and essentially creating voter fraud because of the fact that they’re really not Ohioans – they’re voting and they shouldn’t be eligible to vote.”

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    True the Vote
    15th of June 2016

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