John Fund at National Review discusses the former Mayor of Charlotte voting as a felon awaiting sentencing. As a result, the former Mayor adds another felony to his rap sheet.

The Heritage Foundation has just published a paper that we wrote on legislative efforts to re-enfranchise felons. The second part of the paper argues that automatic re-enfranchisement of felons is unwise, but the paper begins by demonstrating that, whatever you think as a matter of public policy, the Constitution clearly commits this issue to the states. So it is disturbing that Senator Rand Paul is once again pushing a federal bill along with Senator Harry Reid (D., Nev.) in this area; our paper addresses that bill in particular and its blatant unconstitutionality.  Link to National Review.

Link to story:  State legislators filed two proposed constitutional amendments Wednesday that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, shared that skepticism last year and said that it’s “unconstitutional” to subject some states to pre-clearance while not including others.  “If he thinks this provision is a good one, it should apply to Minnesota, it should apply to Vermont, it should apply to the entire country,” Cornyn said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “It imposes a presumption on guilt that is not borne out by the evidence.   link to the Hill

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Join Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Kansas) and Hans von Spakovsky for a discussion on how Executive Amnesty affects your voter roll and what YOU can do to stop it.

Time is running out to register for the February 17 national call featuring True the Vote Advisory Board member Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation. Call leaders will discuss Spakovsky’s recent testimony before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform regarding the impact of the recent executive amnesty actions and how it affects election integrity. You don’t want to miss this one – sign up here.


Voter Roll Research Starts Here

Research season has finally arrived. As True the Vote has discussed in the past, a complete overhaul of the voter roll research tool was needed to help us better grow to meet new challenges. Our effort to balance simplicity with functionality will no doubt pay off in the long run. Are you one of the thousands of Americans who want to get involved? You can start by signing up here. Whether you are a new recruit or an experienced veteran, this application helps TTV connect you to the database tool according to your experience and areas of interest. Click here to take the first step!


In Case You Werent Watching C-SPAN

This week, TTV Advisory Board member Hans von Spakovsky joined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to discuss the impact of executive amnesty on our election systems before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. Testimony addressed how the vast majority of states are wholly unprepared as they do not currently require proof of citizenship prior to voter registration. Even for the four states that have such requirements, those laws do not apply for all applicants. TTV strongly recommends that you read the panelists’ full written testimonies here. Remember – you can ask Mr. von Spakovsky questions during our next national call!


The Legislative Working Groups Drawing Board

We’re excited to see this effort gaining participation from engaged voters around the country. As a reminder, email us if there is legislation on the move in your state that you’d like to see passed/defeated.


HB 29 – Requiring individuals who apply to register to vote after June 30, 2015, to submit proof of United States citizenship; providing that individuals who are not citizens of the United States are not qualified to be registered voters; requiring an applicant for voter registration to submit specified documents or information to prove United States citizenship; etc. Maryland voters are encouraged to show their support by writing members of the Election Law Subcommittee.


HB 2177 -- Directs secretary to register as elector each nonregistered person who is qualified to vote and to notify persons how to decline registration and how to adopt political party affiliation. Increases maximum number of electors in precinct from 5,000 to 10,000. Establishes July 1, 2015, as date for determination of total number of registered electors in this state for purpose of maintaining status as minor political party for 2016 general election. Prohibits public record disclosure of voter registration information for persons under 18 years of age who are registered to vote. Declares emergency, effective on passage. Oregon voters are encouraged to contact the House Committee on Rules.


SB 5184 – Authorizing counties to establish and conduct polling place voting. WA voters are encouraged to contact the Senate Government Operations & State Security Committee to share their thoughts on the bill.


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Wisconsin makes its case for voter ID:

Wisconsin’s voter ID law is an “eminently reasonable” regulation that the U.S. Supreme Court should stop blocking, the state says in its latest legal brief…

“In Wisconsin, as elsewhere, the overwhelming majority of voters already have qualifying ID… Voter ID protects against fraud and bolsters voter confidence in the election process…” 

The state also implemented policies to help voters get identifying documents, according to the brief.   “These so-called ‘burdens’ drove the district court’s decision, but the facts have changed.”

The last of seven people charged with misdemeanor illegal voting from the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral election was served her indictment.

Forrest-Perry County District Attorney Patricia Burchell said Takhara Lakia Smith has yet to plead to a charge of voting by an unqualified person.

Virginia’s GOP-led Senate passed a bill Monday that would require candidates for statewide election and for the U.S. Senate to win the outright majority of votes on Election Day or else face a runoff with the second-highest vote-getter.

The FBI is investigating voter fraud and financial mismanagement of politicians in The Bronx… “I’m hearing that one document turned over to Bharara shows that some candidates in certain Bronx districts got more votes than the number of voters who went into the booths,” the Post’s John Crudele wrote.

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