More than a thousand voter registrations removed in Cleveland, Columbus
HOUSTON, TX. -- March 10, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced details surrounding its effort to help Cuyahoga and Franklin County officials in Ohio remove more than a thousand duplicate voter registrations ahead of voting in 2016.
Upon receipt of True the Vote’s research, 711 duplicate voter registrations were removed in Cuyahoga County, while 465 sets were processed in Franklin County.
“Because of Ohio’s consistent role as a decisive swing state in America’s elections, it has a duty to ensure that its voter records are in the best shape possible,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Having duplicate voters in Ohio’s poll books not only creates confusion at the polling place, but raises the possibility of fraudulent double voting. The Buckeye State has recently seen first-hand just how far some are willing to go to see their candidate or cause win.”
Significant Evidence of Foul Play
Roughly 30 percent of voters registered twice in the Cleveland area evidenced falsified birthdates, Social Security Numbers and other identifiers, originally submitted by Democratic-leaning organizations (i.e. ACORN, Field Works, The Strategy Network, Organizing for America), according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Each confirmed duplicate voter registration was subsequently purged or merged into an existing, verifiable record.
“While many voter records may become duplicated due to data management breakdowns, you have a different issue entirely when nearly a third of the irregularities show a pattern of intentional forgery,” Engelbrecht said. “Americans working in the polls and casting ballots must be extra vigilant this year to help spot irregularities that can throw an entire election into question.”
ACORN’s Record of Questionable Voter Registration Activities
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) held a well-established track record of supplying local election officials with questionable voter registration forms across Midwestern and other political battleground states for years. The organization boasted more than 1.3 million voter registrations submitted in 2008 alone. After its formal dissolution, 18 employees were convicted or admitted guilt to committing election crimes. Significant amounts of their work were officially questioned:
- In Ohio, a Cleveland man claimed he was given money and goods to register to vote dozens times, resulting in subpoenas;
- In Indiana, more than 2,000 applications were falsified as part of a batch delivered hours before the registration deadline; and
- In Florida, 11 ACORN workers were arrested after submitting roughly 1,400 applications with approximately 900 of those falsified.
Prior Maintenance Successes
Although True the Vote does not have authority to lay citizen challenges on voter registration files, it is allowed to review maintenance records held by the counties in question, according to public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act. As of this release, TTV has been notified that thousands of duplicate voter registration pairs have been removed in a similar effort in North Carolina.
True the Vote originally brought a federal lawsuit against the State of Ohio in August 2012 over allegations of voter roll maintenance failures, finding three counties with more registered voters than voting-age residents. The suit ended in a favorable settlement agreement in January 2014 with measurable reductions in bloated voter rolls sustained thereafter.
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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