• True the Vote Calls Out 136 Counties with Over 100% of Population Registered to Vote

    This week True the Vote announced the latest findings in one of its signature research efforts – calling attention to bloated voter rolls across the nation. Did you know that 136 counties in 21 states have more registered voters than adult residents? From New York to California and many points in between, outdated voter records continue to plague the nation. New findings indicate an alarming shift in the type of county often found to exceed the mark of 100% plus voter registrations. Mid-sized and suburban counties are starting to turn up in our studies – where rural counties used to dominate. In a press release circulated this week, TTV founder Catherine Engelbrecht said, “Bloated voter rolls hurt everyone. Deceased voters aren't removed, duplicate registrations aren't revoked and the records of voters who've relocated aren't corrected. Low verification standards, like absence of voter ID, add to the confusion. Bloated rolls create the ideal environment for identity theft and voter fraud.” Want to know if your state was included? Check out the full release, “True the Vote Calls Out 136 Counties with Over 100% of Population Registered to Vote” here.

    Related story: Bloated US voter rolls could lead to lawsuits (The Washington Times)


    Federal Decision Allows Uncle Sam Funds to Be Used to Fight Voter Fraud

    Yes, you read that right – a Washington commission is actually OK with state election officials using federal dollars to fund criminal investigations into voter fraud. The story began in Iowa back in 2012. Former IA Secretary of State Matt Schultz transferred federal grant dollars typically used to purchase new voting equipment and other items to the state Division of Criminal Investigation to probe instances of noncitizen and felon voting ahead of the 2012 General Election. The effort subsequently led to charges against 10 noncitizens and 16 felon voters. Right on cue, progressive interests complained to the federal grantor, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. This week the EAC ruled that the action was admissible – potentially paving the way for other states to follow suit. Read more here.


    Indiana ‘Ballot Selfie’ Rule Challenged in Court

    Prepare for jaw drop: we’re about to say something nice about the ACLU.

    You may recall that True the Vote applauded a recent court ruling in New Hampshire ending a state ban on “ballot selfies” – a general term used to describe photography for the purpose of memorializing one’s voting experience. After the ACLU convinced a Granite State federal judge that such actions were deserving of First Amendment protection, they took their show to Indiana this week. While it’s true that nine times out of ten TTV will find itself opposing the ACLU, they deserve credit here. Bans on personal ballot photography can hamstring those that may have an irregular voting experience, leaving them with few options to document the matter. Every election we see smuggled images of balloting touch screen glitches or voting machines showing the wrong candidate(s) entirely. Knocking these bans down allows voters to utilize technologies like True the Vote’s smartphone app, VoteStand, to share their experience with those that can help address their challenges. If you would like to learn more about VoteStand for iOS or Android, click here.


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    True the Vote Threatens Legal Action Against 136 Counties Across the US with Bloated Voter Rolls

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  • 136 Counties in 21 States Have More Registered Voters than Adult Residents

    HOUSTON, TX. -- August 27, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced its latest findings in an ongoing effort to reduce outdated records in America’s voter rolls.

    136 counties in 21 states were given notices of potential violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, requiring election officials to make reasonable efforts to maintain voter rolls. Counties in receipt are demonstrated to have more than 100 percent voter registration at the time of the 2014 Election and have not indicated any significant effort to address the problem in the months following.

    It’s important that engaged voters keep the pressure on election officials to ensure that outdated or ineligible records are quickly addressed,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Bloated voter rolls hurt everyone. Deceased voters aren't removed, duplicate registrations aren't revoked and the records of voters who've relocated aren't corrected. Low verification standards, like absence of voter ID, add to the confusion. Bloated rolls create the ideal environment for identity theft and voter fraud.

    “With the U.S. Justice Department still refusing to set a national standard and enforce federal maintenance requirements, we’re now starting to see entire states come close to showing over 100 percent registration,” Engelbrecht added.

    Key Highlights

    • Who’s the Worst: Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana lead the nation in counties with 100% plus voter registration rates with more than 10 each (total voter registration rate per state)
      • Kentucky 94%
      • Michigan – 95%
      • Indiana – 92%
    • Becoming an Urban Problem: Larger, suburban counties in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan without a history of 100% plus rates are now over the line
    • 2016: The states represented in this most recent finding account for 305 Electoral College votes –a landslide total

    Counties in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia received pre-litigation notices. True the Vote has requested that the counties outline efforts to remove dead, felon, moved or otherwise ineligible voters ahead of the 2016 election season to avoid litigation.

    This latest research finding builds upon a body of work that has led to lawsuits against the States of Indiana and Ohio to update voter rolls in 2012.


    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.

    VoteStand is now available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices free of charge. For more detailed technical information, visit the official VoteStand website at www.votestand.com.


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    27th of August 2015
  • A state lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law is on hold while a judge decides whether the suit is now moot. Earlier this year, the legislature amended the law to allow voters without qualifying photo ID to cast ballots by signing a declaration of reasonable impediment.

    “There is no question that the General Assembly in what they enacted answered the questions of unconstitutionality that the plaintiffs have raised,” Special Deputy Attorney General Alec Peters told Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan in a Raleigh courtroom. Peters said the lawsuit is moot and should be dismissed.

    Morgan didn’t rule immediately on the state’s request, nor on motions by the voting rights groups and voters challenging the law. They want to delay the voter ID implementation until after the presidential primary election, likely in March. Otherwise, the photo ID requirement begins in early 2016. Morgan said he would issue his rulings in about three weeks.

    Another case challenging the state’s voter ID law is pending in federal court.

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    27th of August 2015

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