“Rebecca Hammonds, 33, of East Liverpool is accused of creating false voter registration documents regarding 35 people in Columbiana County.  Hammonds was indicted on 32 counts of false voter registration and three counts of false signatures.”

Several of the fraudulent registrations were submitted using the names of deceased people, but that’s no big deal because dead people can’t vote, right?

Yeah, dead people are so voting in California

Despite years of progressive claims to the contrary, it has yet again proven true that bad voter data leads to outright voter fraud. It can happen anywhere. This week, the country saw blatant examples of how it is still occurring in southern California. True the Vote stepped in to remind Californians where the root cause lies:

This is just the tip of the iceberg. At the moment, similar research is being performed in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and Oregon. Stay tuned…

 

True the Vote makes an appearance in the IRS Commissioner’s impeachment hearings

We may still be in a wait-and-see pattern with our lawsuit, but that doesn’t mean there is no news from the IRS front this week. Did you know the U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering impeachment of the IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen? Likewise, hundreds of millions of dollars are on the chopping block where the embattled agency’s budget is concerned. During hearings on Capitol Hill this week, TTV’s trouble with the IRS were yet again placed into the record. You can catch a replay of the remarks made by Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) here.

 

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

 

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.

 

Texas’ voter ID law has another day in court

Strangely enough, the longer this lawsuit drags on, the chances for Texas’ law to remain in place actually improve. This week, all parties were together in New Orleans for a full panel (en banc) hearing over the legality of the requirement. Professional court observers argue that -- based on the oral arguments alone -- the reception was perfectly mixed. You can judge for yourself by replaying the full audio of the hearing, here.

KCBS-Los Angeles offers the following report:

You can read more about the story here.

You don’t have to prove citizenship to vote in Kansas anymore.

Proponents of common-sense election integrity reforms were dealt a temporary setback this week after a federal judge ruled Kansas’ requirement to present proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act. The Court found that only “minimal information” should be required of voters to determine eligibility. Translation: if you answer “Yes” to the question of whether you are a citizen, you’re A-OK. The good news here is that the ruling does not immediately go into effect – the State of Kansas has until May 31 to file an appeal. If Kansas doesn’t follow through on its promise to do so, the requirement ends.

Back in January, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht participated in a hearing hosted by the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Topeka over the impact of the citizenship requirement. Our research found that of the 20,000 applications held up for verification and validation purposes, 41% of wannabe voters had at least one factor in the information they had provided that justified a denial. Engelbrecht encouraged the panel to see the law for what it is, “a modern, state-level approach to balancing access with integrity in this increasingly mobile nation.”

You can do something here: contact Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office and encourage them to keep up the good fight.

 

Baltimore: yes, voter fraud can screw up an entire election.

Every election year, the news media peppers TTV with questions such as: “has voter fraud really caused chaos in an election?” Our reply: “Why yes!”  In fact, you just have to look no further than Baltimore this week. The city primary has been decertified after reports of provisional ballots that were wrongfully counted. Furthermore, it was discovered that more votes were cast than the number of people that checked in at the poll book! The Maryland State Board of Elections has been forced to organize an “unusual state intervention” as a result. Don’t get your hopes up that the illegal votes will be thrown out, however, as the bogus provisional ballots cannot be clawed back from the overall totals. One City Council candidate commented, “I don’t think this will help the voters feel confident about the electoral process in Baltimore. I really don’t.” You can read more about the whole episode, here.

 

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

 

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.

 

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the pro-liberty movement’s best- informed and most-dedicated people ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions. If you are planning to attend your state convention, would you let us know? Complete our new survey here. NOTE: if you have already emailed us your plans, it’s not necessary to answer the survey, too.

A review of Baltimore’s April 26 primary election results is underway following last week’s decertification by the Maryland State Board of Elections due to “irregularities.”

Maryland state election officials opened their doors Tuesday to the precinct-by-precinct canvass of Baltimore City’s primary election results.  Elections officials acknowledged some votes cast on primary day probably shouldn’t have been allowed, but they won’t be thrown out…

One problem was that 80 provisional ballots were discovered after the fact that hadn’t been counted.  A bigger problem in some precincts was there were more votes cast than voter authorization cards, which may mean some people ineligible to vote cast ballots.

State Board of Elections Administrator Linda Lamone said that “the size of the discrepancy, and Baltimore’s inability to resolve it, prompted an unusual state intervention,” noting that the number of ballots cast “was hundreds more than the number of voters who checked in at polling places.”

SBE Deputy Administrator Nikki Charlson confirmed that “provisional ballots that should not have been counted cannot be removed from vote totals,” meaning illegal votes would stand.

Maryland’s new paper-based voting system may have been a factor, as provisional ballots can now be scanned like regular ballots. “Because people casting those ballots are not found on voter rolls, they would not be counted as having checked in at a polling place.

As one City Council candidate commented, “I don’t think this will help the voters feel confident about the electoral process in Baltimore. I really don’t.”

Check out the new ‘Election Integrity’ course now available

Have you ever wanted to know enough about the topic of election integrity to be dangerous? Are you new to the movement and unclear exactly how/when/where to jump in? Do you need a 30,000-foot view of the landscape to spot all of the opportunities available? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, we have a new course in the TTV Knowledge Network that’s just for you.

The Election Integrity 101 course serves as the citizen’s guide to all things election integrity. Inside you will find overviews of important federal and state election laws; voter fraud types and vocabulary; organizing best practices; research strategies; and tips for legislative reform. This is the perfect course for a newcomer to the TTV movement, hands down.

But wait, there’s more. If you’re new to online learning environments, don’t let our new system throw you for a loop. Our Knowledge Network Tutorial will give you an excellent walkthrough and get you started on a useful, realistic path to citizen-led election integrity. If you haven’t yet created a new TTV Knowledge Network account, it’s simple! Begin by visiting truethevote.org and clicking “Login” at the top-right.

 

[No] Shocker: voter ID is still really popular

We haven’t seen any reputable polling over the popularity of voter ID laws since 2013. For years, TTV has contended that a lack of regular polling essentially indicated that subsequent polls would concur. This week, voters in three swing states helped prove we were right. Quinnipiac University found in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania that a wide majority of voters still love the election integrity policy. Florida leads the pack with 77% approval, followed by Ohio with (75%), and Pennsylvania at (64%). You probably did not hear much about these figures because of what else was seen – polling showing Clinton and Trump in statistical ties in these same states. Keep up the pressure on your legislators to see these polls turned into solid policy, folks.

 

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

 

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.

 

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the pro-liberty movement’s best- informed and most-dedicated people ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions. If you are planning to attend your state convention, would you let us know? Complete our new survey here. NOTE: if you have already emailed us your plans, it’s not necessary to answer the survey, too.

By margins as high as 57 percentage points, voters in three key swing states strongly favor voter ID laws.

A new Quinnipiac Poll shows big majorities of voters support “efforts to require voters to show a photo identification card to vote” in Florida (77% to 20%), Ohio (75% to 22%), and Pennsylvania (64% to 34%).

To the anti-integrity Left’s chagrin, recent court rulings have given the upper hand to proponents of voter ID laws.  Alabama’s experiences with its voter ID requirement, implemented in 2014, are a good example of why, as Secretary of State John Merrill explains:

“Our goal is and has been and continues to be to ensure every eligible U.S. citizen who is a resident of Alabama is registered to vote and has an ID,” he said. “We want to make it real easy to vote and real hard to cheat.”

In February, a federal judge denied a request by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to block enforcement of the law for the March 1 presidential primary election and, Merrill noted, the state saw its highest voter turnout ever for a primary.

He said that not a single valid voter was turned away at the polls. He said 88 percent of all eligible black residents are registered to vote, even higher than the 84 percent of eligible white voters who are registered.  Merrill said the state’s free voter ID cards are so rarely used because most people have driver’s licenses. The 3.5 million licensed drivers exceeds the 3.1 million registered voters.

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