Corruption in politics does exist, and it exists in Central Florida.”

“A grand jury on Monday indicted Eatonville Mayor Anthony Grant and two others on felony voter-fraud charges, accusing the trio of coercing voters and submitting illegally obtained absentee ballots in the 2015 election that put Grant at the town’s helm.

“In six cases examined, the grand jury found that Grant, Mia Antionette Nowells and James Randolph solicited an absentee ballot from someone who didn’t live in Eatonville, marked ballots for voters and forced people to register to vote, according to the 25-count indictment.”

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"Major election reforms have a tendency to garner considerable sideshow attention during a presidential contest — even though such policy changes rarely impact the upcoming vote in the larger sense. Since voter ID was ‘so 2012’, automatic voter registration (AVR) has taken its place in the limelight this year..."

Read more of the post on Medium here.

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.

 

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

 

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.

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.

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.”

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is asking questions about the Justice Department’s refusal to defend the actions of the Election Assistance Commission, an independent federal agency without litigation authority, despite the law requiring the department to represent the commission in court.”  The Justice Department’s “unprecedented action” could result in non-citizens being allowed to register and vote.

Grassley wrote in a letter to the EAC and the Attorney General, “The Committee must evaluate the situation and determine whether the EAC (Election Assistance Commission) needs independent litigation authority in order to truly be free from political influence from the administration.  This case involves the integrity of elections and is taking place in the context of an ongoing Presidential election process.  The potential appearance that the administration is substituting its judgment for the EAC’s is a matter of significant concern.

Become a ‘community organizer’ today

The title ‘community organizer’ might not have crossed the minds of millions of Americans before 2008, but there are plenty of reasons why you should consider becoming one now. Have you ever looked at the wide variety of training opportunities provided by TTV or the countless volunteer options offered in your own area? If so, do you just feel dazed and overwhelmed when you consider the best way to get organized? You are not alone! While there are a number of established election integrity groups like Election Integrity Project of California, Election Integrity Maryland, VIP North Carolina and others, there are dozens of small groups around the country without websites and graphic designers. If you don’t know of any nearby, it’s time for you to start one.

You do not need previous political or organizing experience to get a small group off the ground anymore. True the Vote is proud to announce its latest course offering, Team Building, available in TTV’s Knowledge Network on our website! Now is the perfect time to pick up another course. Or if you haven’t already done so, open a new account and get started. Learn about time management, project delegation and general best practices for getting a small movement rolling in your neighborhood. After completing the course, you just might find some local allies in the course Forum. To begin, visit network.truethevote.org now!

 

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

 

North Carolina mayor pleads guilty to voter fraud

It really doesn’t breed much confidence when self-interested politicians cry ‘hoax’ at the thought of voter fraud, let alone when high-profile pols are busted for the same actions. This week, former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon pleaded guilty to attempted voter fraud. Just after being sentenced in a $50,000 federal bribery case in 2014, Cannon illegally attempted to cast an absentee ballot. In nearly every state, felon voting is still illegal. Read more about this case here.

 

Texas driver licensing agency sued for voter registration failures

President Bill Clinton’s first use of the executive pen(s) on a bill was to sign the National Voter Registration Act, which requires driver licensing and other state service agencies to offer voter registration opportunities as a function of agency-specific services. This week, Texas became the second state (after North Carolina) to be sued due to such procedural failures. The specific concern relates to the fact that when individuals updated their licenses online, they assumed that voter registration was occurring simultaneously – leaving the plaintiffs to learn otherwise only when a ballot was not available for them on Election Day, according to the complaint. This case is still in its early stages and will be covered closely. Stay tuned…

“The free-for-all boxing match among the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, Kansas, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)” over the right of states to require proof of citizenship from people using the federal voter registration form was back in federal court for another hearing on March 9.

Judge Richard Leon presided over a sometimes contentious hearing on the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction that would rescind the Election Assistance Commission’s change of the instructions on the federal voter registration form to accommodate a request by Kansas. The Sunflower State wants the form to note that Kansans wishing to register must meet a proof of citizenship requirement.

The interveners again presented solid arguments; the plaintiffs and their allies at the DOJ once again did not:

Following on the DOJ’s “potentially unethical and unprofessional behavior in refusing to carry out its duty to defend” the EAC, “the Federal Programs Branch came into this week’s hearing once again trying to lose the case.  The Justice Department’s lawyer told Leon that it was willing to agree to a preliminary injunction.”  At a previous hearing, Judge Leon called this behavior by the DOJ “unprecedented” and “extraordinary.”

Over the objections of the DOJ and plaintiffs, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, intervening to defend the EAC, deposed EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick. “The Department of Justice was so concerned over McCormick’s testimony and the internal communications between DOJ and the EAC produced for the deposition that it asked Leon for a protective order sealing the deposition… the Justice Department’s attempt to keep them from coming to light suggests that the conflict of interest mentioned in McCormick’s letters may be very serious, indeed.”

Judge Leon asked the “struggling” DOJ lawyer Galen Thorp “if he could name ‘any statute or any case precedent, Supreme Court on down, that a Commission created by Congress doesn’t have the authority to invoke or waive attorney-client privilege[.]’ The lawyer could not…”

Plaintiffs’ lawyer Michael Keats “gave an often rambling, disjointed presentation. Just as at the last hearing, he did not seem to have an in-depth knowledge of the facts or applicable election law” and “made the type of mistake one would expect from a less experienced attorney. Twice he jumped to his feet trying to object to Kobach’s oral argument.”

Judge Leon allowed an additional 10 days for all sides to file supplemental briefs.

Phony ACORN voter registrations discovered in Ohio

Remember ACORN? While the infamously corrupt organization may have dissolved years ago, its handiwork still lives on. You may recall in 2008 when the group boasted that it helped submit 1.3 million voter registrations. In Ohio alone, ACORN claimed almost 250,000. Well, eight years later, TTV is still finding bogus Buckeye registrations. This week, we announced the successful removal of more than 1,000 duplicate voter registrations in Cuyahoga and Columbus Counties. When Cuyahoga officials were reviewing our work, they offered an additional data point -- confirming that nearly a third of all records in question were furnished by ACORN or Organizing for America.

In a statement circulated this week, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht noted, “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. 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.”

When you go to vote in a primary or general election this year, make sure your name is only listed once – it’s the fastest way for you to take control of the situation and see it resolved. Click here to read the press release on this matter.

 

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

 

Check out our latest IRS lawsuit filing

We’re only a few weeks away from our court date before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on April 14. You can read our final brief (it’s worth a read!) here. It’s surely been a long slog to get here, but we’re ultimately getting closer to justice. True the Vote is incredibly thankful to all of our backers and our legal team in this endeavor. This brief is a perfect representation of how we’ve conducted this case, without pulling any punches. If you happen to be in D.C. on our court date, we’ll see you there!

 

Who’s REALLY voting in America?

That question is being debated on multiple fronts this week. If you joined us for the March National Webinar, we walked through the high-stakes lawsuit, NAACP v. Newby, where left-wing groups (aided by the Obama DOJ) are working to block select state and federal regulations requiring proof of citizenship in voter registration. The federal court announced this week that it would rule on whether it will hand down a preliminary injunction in a few weeks. If you missed our webinar on the subject, you can catch a replay, here.

 

Texas’ voter ID law gets another court date

Even though the Lone Star State’s photo ID requirement remains in force for Election Day 2016, the eventual fate of the law is now in the hands of the full 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, according to an announcement this week. The Texas Attorney General applauded the decision to re-hear the case. A date has tentatively been set for the week of May 23. You can read more about this story on the TTV website, here.

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