East Chicago Councilwoman Gilda Orange, D-6th, is asking for state and federal oversight to prevent vote fraud the city’s May 5 primary:

Orange, who is seeking re-election and facing three Democratic opponents this spring, said she believes the apparent vote fraud is aimed at influencing the races for mayor and city clerk.

She states in the letter, “I have received several alleged complaints that individuals are illegally acquiring absentee ballots and paying monies for votes. I respectfully ask for you to help the residents of East Chicago have a fair election on May 5 — as they deserve.”

Democrats like to claim voter fraud is “nonexistent” – except those negatively impacted by it:

Orange alleges, “It is important to mention that there are individuals that had been indicted in the previous administration that are now involved in this upcoming election, leaving me and many of my constituents to question whether the election will be fair and honest.”

Fraud on a scale that changes election outcomes is hardly unprecedented in this Indiana city:

Vote fraud in East Chicago was so widespread during the 2003 East Chicago mayoral campaign between then former Mayor Robert Pastrick and his challenger George Pabey that the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick’s narrow victory that year and required a new election in 2004 that toppled Pastrick’s administration.

Texas Countys Experiment Serving Active Duty Servicemen Shows Promise

Too often, the issue of military ballot access in combat theatres across the world goes under the radar. Local election officials can feel hamstrung with regard to budgeting while facing a valid risk that voter mailings may not arrive at their intended destination.

In Bexar County, Texas, home to four military installations, local officials have seen success with their pilot program which allows servicemen in “hostile fire zones” to send ballots via one-time-use secured email addresses. Both Bexar County and the Texas Secretary of State have touted the cost-effective process before the Texas Legislature. SB 1115 would extend the pilot until 2017 and open the door to new military-heavy counties such as Bell, home to Fort Hood and its 45,000 servicemen.

True the Vote strongly encourages engaged voters to advocate for similar reforms in their states to help military personnel get their voices heard. To read more about this, click here.

 

Check Out the April 2015 National Call Replay with Rep. Jim Jordan

The April 2015 National Conference Call covered new ground on the IRS targeting scandal, thanks to the incredible participation of Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio. Callers gained insight into the inner workings of the congressional investigation and what will soon occur as Lois Lerner’s emails are provided to Capitol Hill committees. Want to know what happens next -- now that the Administration refused to indict Lois Lerner? What will happen when the Treasury Department tries to redact newly recovered Lerner emails? Those issues and many more can be heard on the call replay by clicking here.

 

 

On-Demand Research Training is Now Available

The demand for Research Database training has gone through the roof. Since our live training system caps the number of attendees per session, TTV has created an on-demand option for anyone interested. By either visiting the truethevote.org homepage or clicking here, you can get started with on-demand training.

 

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.

Florida

HB 1011 / SB 1360 -- Defines "address of legal residence"; requires voter registration application to include applicant's address of legal residence; provides that list of valid addresses maintained by supervisor of elections must include certain additional distinguishing information. The bill was added to the Second Reading Calendar in the House and needs the support of Floridians to see it through to adoption.

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.

Missouri

HB 30 -- Would require a government-issued photo ID. Provisions are made if an individual is unable to obtain the necessary documentation to obtain such an ID. The bill has been voted on by the House and is now going through the process in the Senate. If approved by the Senate, voters must approve the bill as an amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

HB 67 -- Allows military personnel or other government workers returning from overseas to register to vote until 5pm on the Friday prior to an election, provided he or she can show sufficient documentation showing eligibility to qualify for late registration. The bill is awaiting a vote of the full House.

 

HB 339 -- Would remove a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter from the list of acceptable forms of identification to allow a qualified voter to vote. The bill has been referred to the full House for passage.

 

HB 1016 -- Would allow poll challengers/watchers to remain inside the polling station past the closing of the polls and until all counting, verification, breakdown and delivery of the voting material to the designated collection points or the election authority is completed. This bill has now been added as an amendment to HB 336 and is waiting for a 3rd reading and referral to the full House for a vote.

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 795The bill is now slated for the intent calendar for April 20, 2015. 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 justification 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 891This bill was sent to calendars on April 15, 2015. Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program.

HB 3369 -- Relating to supervision of the conduct of a primary election; creating an offense. Contact members of the House Committee on Elections to share your SUPPORT for this bill.

In an election decided by 14 votes, a conviction on seven more ballot fraud charges:

Jurors found 49-year-old Lesa Coleman guilty of seven of the 11 felony absentee ballot fraud charges against her in relation to the District 2 Dothan City Commission election won by Amos Newsome.  A grand jury originally returned 29 felony charges against Coleman, but Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford dismissed 18 of them.  Coleman faces between one and 10 years in prison for the charges, according to Houston County Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith…

While the district attorney’s office has no ability to pursue a civil election challenge, Smith said Danzey likely would have been successful if she had sought to formally challenge Newsome’s victory.

Another fraudster in the case already pleaded guilty to eight counts, bringing the total to 15 so far; two more await trial, including Newsome’s girlfriend, who is charged with 44 counts of absentee ballot fraud.

Kerry Picket at the Daily Caller has the story.

Local state government officials are registering non-U.S. citizens as valid voters — even when the non-citizens say they are not Americans on their voter registration forms, a former Justice Department attorney tells The Daily Caller.

J. Christian Adams, a former United States Department of Justice official in the Civil Rights Division will show the Supreme Court in a brief later this month that non-citizens are registering to vote through the government’s motor voter program. The motor voter act became law during the Clinton administration as an easier way to register voters through their local Department of Motor Vehicles offices, but Adams says the program is failing to weed out those who are not American citizens.

“The bigger problem is that when they get those drivers licenses, there’s a government social services agency that is compelled under motor voter to offer voter registration,” Adams says. “For example, I’m representing a client — the American Civil Rights Union. We’re about to file a brief to the Supreme Court that shows actual voter registrations of people who on their voter registration forms that they’re not citizens, but they’re still getting registered to vote.”

Witnesses say “they were bribed for their votes” by the incumbent mayor:

Attorneys are calling for a new election in the Town of Eatonville as part of a lawsuit alleging the current mayor, Anthony Grant, committed fraud. The attorneys for former Mayor Bruce Mount claim Grant bribed tenants in his rental properties to vote for him, accounting for a huge bump in absentee voting ballots that pushed Grant toward a win.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating Grant.

Lesa Renee Coleman “was one of four people charged after an investigation by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office in May 2014. Coleman now only faces 17 felony absentee ballot fraud charges after a dozen were dismissed Monday upon request by the prosecution. Coleman was one of three women who worked on the 2013 campaign for District 2 City Commissioner Amos Newsome.”

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“In the August election, Newsome beat challenger Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes. Newsome received 119 of the 124 absentee votes that were cast.”

Awaiting trial in the case are Olivia Reynolds, who faces 44 counts of absentee ballot fraud, and Daniel Reynolds, also charged with felony fraud.  A fourth defendant, Janice Hart, went to trial in January and pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor fraud charges.

Former IRS Official Lois Lerner Dodges Contempt of Congress Charges

Moments before the Obama Administration announced criminal charges for New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, it also disclosed to Congress that it would not pursue criminal contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner. You may recall that she infamously declared her innocence during congressional testimony and subsequently ducked all questions by asserting 5th Amendment right to not incriminate herself.

While some mainstream media sources covering the issue may create the impression that Lerner is now in the clear, it simply is not the case. The Washington Times reported on Thursday, “Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. directed the FBI to begin a criminal investigation to see if laws were broken, and as of the middle of March that investigation was still open, according to a response the FBI sent to True the Vote, which had submitted an open-records request for Lerner records. The FBI said it couldn’t release those records, citing an exemption in law for documents that could ‘interfere with enforcement proceedings’.”

In a press statement released this week, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht noted, “Lerner will forever be remembered as the symbol of an Administration willing to betray the trust of the American people for the sake of its own political survival.You can read the full release here.

Systems Update for Research Database

More voter registration data fresh from state election officials have been received by True the Vote and are currently being entered in the Research Database. Seasoned and rookie researchers from Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Vermont can now get to work!

Still not signed up for research? Click here to get started.

 

On-Demand Research Training is Now Available

The demand for Research Database training has gone through the roof. Since our live training system caps the number of attendees per session, TTV has created an on-demand option for anyone interested. By either visiting the truethevote.org homepage or clicking here, you can get started with on-demand training.

 

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.

Florida

HB 1011 / SB 1360 -- Defines "address of legal residence"; requires voter registration application to include applicant's address of legal residence; provides that list of valid addresses maintained by supervisor of elections must include certain additional distinguishing information. The bill was added to the Second Reading Calendar in the House and needs the support of Floridians to see it through to adoption.

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.

HOUSTON, TX. -- April 1, 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. Department of Justice’s decision to not seek criminal contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner:

The double standard is breathtaking,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Lois Lerner played the part of front line operative in a targeting scandal that reveled in ‘putting politics before a citizen’s constitutional rights.’ Time and again, Lerner abused the power of her IRS position to shut down organizations whose views she did not share. Her lawyer said she’s focused on returning to a normal life. How about those lives she worked to destroy?

Lerner may have beaten the contempt of Congress issue, but True the Vote has no intention of backing off now. We can confirm that the FBI’s criminal investigation continues on through numerous Freedom of Information Act requests filed. 

"Lerner will forever be remembered as the symbol of an Administration willing to betray the trust of the American people for the sake of its own political survival.

 

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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