Robert Popper, senior attorney at Judicial Watch, notes that The Washington Post has conceded that voter ID laws “pass constitutional muster.”  “I think that the theory that had been used to argue that voter ID violated the Voting Rights Act was fundamentally flawed and would render hundreds of statutes suspect,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow.  Popper also observes that voter ID has been implemented in many parts of the world, and increasingly so in this country, so the argument that minority voting is suppressed by the laws is an empty one. “The one thing no one is able to identify in any of these cases,” says the attorney, “is someone who is actually unable to vote in a way that couldn’t be fixed because they had to produce ID.”  Link to story at OneNewsNow.

HOUSTON, TX. -- March 23, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline further hearing of the challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law:

This is the day that millions of Wisconsin voters have been waiting for,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. Today’s decision is by no means a partisan victory, as every citizen participating in the electoral process can know with confidence that only their ballot will be waiting when they go vote.”

In preparation for the likelihood of Wisconsin’s voter identification law being enforced, True the Vote began the process of developing a citizen-led auxiliary system to support state efforts which help voters obtain free identification. The Texas pilot program, ‘NEED ID’, offered voter registration and ID help desk programs prior to the 2014 General Election.

True the Vote has been preparing for this day with local citizen leaders for months,” Engelbrecht continued.Our task is not a difficult one -- engaged voters across the state stand ready to help their neighbors access free identification.

“Our movement was built on the idea that voters should engage and educate each other on how to best rebuild accountability into the voting process. Today’s news in Wisconsin marks a critical accomplishment in the national push for election integrity,” Engelbrecht concluded.

True the Vote encourages Wisconsin voters in need of free identification to review the Department of Transportation website for official instructions or contact TTV assistors for additional guidance.

 

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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“Canada moved to universal voter registration, and turnout dropped… this [laws like Oregon’s] is no guarantee.”  Link.

“Does the metamorphosis of Election Day into Election Month strengthen the machinery of democratic self-government?”

A Boston Globe op-ed concludes “it doesn’t.  At best, it only makes it more convenient — and that convenience comes with downside trade-offs.

First, far from motivating more citizens to participate in elections, early-voting laws actually decrease turnout. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, in a study published in the American Journal of Political Science, have shown that early voting “lower[s] the likelihood of turnout by three to four percentage points.” …

A second trade-off, even more unfortunate, is the loss of informational equality. In some states, the early-voting window opens more than six weeks before Election Day — a month and a half! Think of what can happen in the last 45 days of a campaign…

“Early voters are in essence asked a different set of questions from later ones,” argued Eugene Kontorovic and John McGinnis, law professors at Northwestern University, in an essay in Politico last year. “They are voting with a different set of facts.” That isn’t the way to make democracy better.

Union County, Ohio charged four petition circulators with election falsification and forgery; Delaware County indicted three in January.

In Union County, 219 of 432 petition signatures “didn’t match signatures on file with the elections board. Some had misspellings.”

The Voter Roll Research Database is Now Available

Spring cleaning isn’t just for houses anymore – because the Research Database is now open for business! True the Vote is proud to finally bring engaged voters like you this incredible tool to help you make a difference in your community. The original research portal was impressive for a first attempt, but we are continually seeking to make improvements. So, we completely redesigned the system to improve end-user experience.

If you haven’t already, click here to sign up for the research database program. We’ll need some basic information -- to verify that you are indeed human and assess interest geographically. Rest assured, your data WILL NOT be shared with third parties. True the Vote may contact applicants, though, for permission to help network fellow applicants within their community in an attempt to match-make potential working groups. From there, you will receive customizable login credentials and notifications for training opportunities.

Make sure to keep reading this weekly newsletter, as system updates (such as data refresh announcements) will be revealed here.

 

We Tried to Pull True the Votes FBI File. This is What We Found.

As you may have heard on the March 2015 National Conference Call, TTV kicked off an effort to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to seek new answers into just why Washington was so interested in us after we filed for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. We contacted a total of four federal entities in February: the FBI; DOJ Criminal Division; DOJ Public Integrity; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and OSHA. This week, the FBI wrote back with some interesting answers.

Past efforts in 2012-2013 to see if the FBI kept any files on True the Vote came up empty. We just did not appear to be on the radar at that time, despite some politicians’ cynical prodding of the DOJ during that period. A new attempt in 2015 yielded the following, however:

“The material you requested is located in an investigative file which is exempt from disclosure … [FOIA] exempts from disclosure: ‘records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information … could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings…’.”

TTV was not really shocked to receive this response. After all, leadership had been invited to be interviewed as part of the FBI’s investigation of the IRS. This revelation does, however, confirm a suspicion that we had long held – TTV was a bona fide target of the Internal Revenue Service.

 

Catch the March 2015 National Conference Call Replay

You might have missed one of the most informative conference calls regarding TTV’s ongoing fight with the Internal Revenue Service – but you’re not out of luck. Click here to replay the conversation between True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht and attorney Cleta Mitchell as they discuss the latest developments in our lawsuit and how recent headlines regarding recovered Lois Lerner emails impact the case.

 

The Legislative Working Groups Drawing Board

Email us if there is election reform legislation on the move in your state that you’d like to see passed/defeated.

Maryland

Election Integrity Maryland has created a section on its website to detail all the work being done for election reform legislation. Click here to access it.

Texas

HB 621 – Relates to the termination of a volunteer deputy voter registrar’s appointment. Under the bill, county election officials would be empowered to revoke deputy status should they engage in any activity considered to be a violation of duties. Contact members of the House Committee on Elections to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

SB 795 – Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Under this bill, Texas would join a majority of states engaging in cooperative voter roll maintenance. Contact members of the Senate Committee on State Affairs to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

SB 796 -- Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens excused or disqualified from jury service. The bill would make records of individuals claiming non-citizenship as an excuse to be excused from jury duty a matter of public record – significantly easing the process for concerned citizens to assist in voter roll cleanup. Contact members of the Senate Committee on State Affairs to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

HB 891 -- Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program. Contact members of the House Committee on Elections to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

Washington

SB 5184 – Authorizing counties to establish and conduct polling place voting. WA voters are encouraged to contact the Rules Committee to share their thoughts on the bill.

 

Help TTV with the Click of a Button

TTV receives calls and emails all the time from people wanting to know how they can help. Even though jobs as election observers or voter roll researchers aren’t for them, they still want to show their support. If this sounds like you, then look no further. True the Vote unveiled its first crowdfunded campaign to raise support for our ongoing efforts to expose the truth about the IRS targeting scandal. We hope you’ll check out our first-ever True the Vote Fundly campaign, and then spread the word to your own network of liberty-loving friends. If you are a veteran email forwarder or a social media maven, we need you! You can track our progress on the page and see the impact you’re making. Get started today!

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that a new automatic voter registration law in Oregon could potentially be “a perfect storm of errors” and could increase the likelihood of fraud

The state, which conducts its elections by mail, will send any adult citizen who has not registered to vote but has interacted with the Department of Motor Vehicles since 2013 a ballot in the next statewide election as a way to increase voter participation.

Initially about 300,000 people will be forced onto Oregon’s voter rolls and mailed ballots without their consent being requested or given.  Automatic registration likely won’t have much effect on voter participation, but it will be easier to steal votes from people who never asked to register or had any intention of voting.

The cases of two local individuals cited for voter fraud in the November 2013 Americus City Council election were bound over to the state Attorney General’s (AG) Office for civil prosecution late last week after a meeting of the state Board of Elections. They are Edith Green and her daughter Lashonda Williams, both of Americus.

“Protecting the integrity of elections is essential to our democracy”

More “nonexistent” voter fraud in South Texas:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Criminal Prosecutions Division will prosecute Brownsville residents Jose A. Garza and Rafael Elizondo, who were indicted for possessing marked ballots without the consent of the voter.

“Protecting the integrity of elections is essential to our democracy and a top priority of my administration,” said General Paxton. “As long as there are criminals seeking to exploit our system of elections, we stand ready to investigate, prosecute and restore confidence that the will of the people of Texas is heard.”

Both politiqueros were charged with felonies for illegally possessing multiple ballots in a 2012 Democratic primary runoff election. These prosecutions are the latest in a series of voter fraud charges and convictions in the Rio Grande Valley, and officials say more indictments are possible.

More coverage here.

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Sen. Ron Collins, R-Wells, said he sponsored LD 197 because of “finger pointing and accusations” he saw going around during a recount last year in the Senate District 25 election in the Falmouth area.

“It kind of hurt the integrity of the voting process in Maine,” said Collins. “It really bothered me. … To maintain the integrity of the voting process, showing a personal identification is not a big burden.”

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