The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has set a May 24 date for its en banc re-hearing of the Texas voter ID case.
Meanwhile, Texas’ March 1 primary had record voter turnout.
The IRS got thumped by the federal court this week
Could it be a sign of coming fortunes for our lawsuit? Maybe. But on its own, this is great news all the same. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals handed a big defeat to the IRS with respect to exposing the internal workings of the infamous targeting scheme. For years, groups like TTV have tried to use the Freedom of Information Act process to pry apart internal documents kept about our organization. Since the theory that we just inexplicably landed on the BOLO list is highly unlikely, an email should exist stating that TTV needed to be put there. However, until now the IRS has blocked these attempts by claiming a Section 6103 exemption, purporting to protect sensitive/confidential taxpayer documents. In sum, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals called nonsense on this dodging strategy.
Section 6103 "does not entitle the IRS to keep secret (in the name of 'taxpayer privacy' no less) every internal IRS document that reveals IRS mistreatment of a taxpayer or applicant organization -- in this case or future ones ... Section 6103 was enacted to protect taxpayers from the IRS, not the IRS from taxpayers."
Ouch. We know this news will inspire many questions as to how it affects TTV. Join us for the April National Conference Call on 4/12 as we get answers from the experts to those issues and more.
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Soros-connected voting company delivers stunning win for...Ted Cruz
Anything Soros-connected (especially when it comes to elections) is certainly good red meat for news sites like the Drudge Report. But let's be honest, all of us could draw a line to him in six degrees of separation or less. This week's most buzzed-about election story, courtesy of the Utah GOP, ushered forth a new understanding in American voting: political parties are willing and legally able to experiment -- however and with whomever they like. Contrary to popular perception, the states aren't really in charge when it comes to running preference primaries. Sure, your tax dollars are going to pay for them while your local officials administer the show. But ultimately, the political parties are really calling the shots.
If you want to see a change, you have two avenues before you: raise your concerns directly with your state party of choice, and seek legislative reform in your community.
Writing on the wall: automatic voter registration will harm voters
It would be an understatement to say it was a busy week in the tug-of-war over automatic voter registration. West Virginia is poised to join the ranks of Oregon and California with automated sign-ups at the DMV. TTV warned the Associated Press that such a move would only drive turnout down due to the importing of apathetic voters. Recently, a second state – Texas -- joined North Carolina in lawsuits for failure to transmit voter information from the DMV to the state election officials. TTV also warned the Watchdog news organization that these lawsuits demonstrate how automating voter registrations risks leaving the voter to be the last to know (and certainly the most impacted) when the system fails.
Voter registration is already easy. Making registration mindless doesn’t make more people care about voting.
“In theory, if you increase the voter rolls, more people would cast ballots. In theory. Count me among the skeptics who wonder if increasing the automatic registration will do much more than put even more uninterested voters on the rolls…
“Canada implemented automatic voter registration in the 1990s, according to Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who tracks turnout, and he told NPR that while only 1-2 percent of Canadians opted out, voter turnout did not increase. In fact, it dropped…
“Our problem, it seems, has much more to do with apathy than the inability to register.”
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