HOUSTON, TX. -- June 29, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari for the noncitizen voter registration case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al. (Case nos. 14-3062, 14-3072).

The plaintiffs originally sought permission to require individuals in Arizona and Kansas utilizing the federal voter registration form to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when applying. An amicus brief filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation relied on True the Vote’s research to demonstrate how current mechanisms were failing to block admitted noncitizens from voter registration.

“This Supreme Court development is only a brief setback in the greater cause for improving citizenship verification mechanisms in voter registration,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “With the judicial option taken off the table for now, states can now focus on truly owning their data as they serve resident citizens. Improved data ownership means embracing technologies readily available which verify customer inputs in real time. This new approach also requires improved information sharing between state agencies – with citizens holding all parties accountable.

“Today’s decision is yet another reminder that if citizens demand improved election integrity, they must first look to themselves,” Engelbrecht continued. “ True the Vote will continue to lead the effort toward a more trustworthy and engaging election experience for all.” 

 

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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More impersonation voter fraud that the anti-integrity crowd claims doesn’t exist:

Three people have been charged with voter fraud in two separate cases stemming from the 2015 and 2014 Philadelphia primary elections…

“I continue to be outraged that our election officials, after they clearly know the rules, think that they can just walk into the voting booth and vote multiple times or vote as someone else,” District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. “What these three have done is clearly a crime and will be prosecuted.”

Secretary of State Jon Husted unveiled the 14 cases of suspected illegal voting on Thursday while releasing the results of a review by his office and the 88 county boards of elections of 42 “irregularities.”

“A total of 74 Ohio races have tied or been decided by a one-vote margin over the past two years,” Husted has also reported, a reminder that every single illegal vote has the potential to change the outcome of an election.

Link: “Passing any bill on voting rights will be a Herculean task and there is no chance of succeeding if we abandon our bipartisan approach.”

Even Sensenbrenner notes the partisan approach.

“The congressman affirmed his opposition to those who say the law is now insufficient.”

“The fact of the matter is we have a Voting Rights Act; it is very strong,” [U.S. Rep. Bob] Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, said… “There are still strong protections under the Voting Rights Act, including the ability of a judge to order that a community or even a whole state be placed under the preclearance requirements if there are new evidences of discrimination,” he said.

“We’re on very solid legal ground”

Several states are anticipating attacks from Democrats on their hugely-popular voter ID laws, bankrolled by billionaire George Soros and led by Team Hillary attorney Marc Elias to gin up a faux war on voting rights ahead of the 2016 election.

But Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp isn’t concerned.

“We’re on very solid legal ground,” Kemp said. “We’ve won every court case so far. I don’t see why we wouldn’t do that in the future. But if that’s a fight she wants to pick, we’ll be ready to fight with her on it.”   

Team Hillary’s latest battleground in the faux war on voting rights is Virginia:

The purpose of the suit, filed in federal court in Richmond today, is to “remedy Virginia’s long wait times to vote, and to re-enfranchise all nonviolent felons who have completed their sentences and paid all fines, fees, and restitution,” according to a statement released by the DPVA…

The plaintiffs – the Democratic Party and voters Barbara H. Lee and Gonzalo J. Aida Brescia – are being represented by Marc E. Elias, attorney with Perkins Coie LLP in Washington. Elias is general counsel to Hillary for America, the campaign of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I generally believe academic forums are not the best place to have debates because nobody other than a handful of professors and their captive students participate in them. Academic debates draw an audience of a few hundred on a good day, while an appearance on the Kelly File, for example, draws two million on a bad day. Never the less, here is my article:

“Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s invalidation of federal oversight of elections in sixteen states using Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, litigation has commenced against multiple state election integrity statutes utilizing Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Challenges have been brought against election integrity statutes by the Department of Justice and private plaintiffs in Wisconsin, Texas, and North Carolina.  At issue in these cases were voter photo identification laws, changes to early voting periods, same-day voter registration, and requirements that voters only vote in the precinct where they live. These challenges, however, did not use traditional theories of Section 2 liability. Instead, they advanced theories of Section 2 liability that were used to block state election law changes under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The legal theories utilized in these cases seek to import statistical tests for Section 2 liability, which were previously utilized under the Section 5 retrogression standard to block state election laws. If the plaintiffs are ultimately successful, the constitutional balance between states and the federal government that the Supreme Court sought to restore in Shelby County will be undone, and every state will risk violating the Voting Rights Act if any change to an election law has any statistical impact on a racial minority group. Instead, courts reviewing Section 2 cases should utilize longstanding jurisprudence requiring much more than statistical disparities in analyzing election laws for compliance with the Voting Rights Act and ask whether an equal opportunity to participate and comply with the law exists.”

“First of all, I think it’s demagoguery, and secondly, if she wants to sue somebody, let her sue New York,” Mr. Kasich, who is weighing a run for president in 2016, said on Fox News. “In Ohio, we got like 27 days of early voting, OK? Twenty-seven days, a couple hundred hours, and in New York, the only early voting — there is none. The only voting that occurs is on election day — what is she talking about?  Washington Times

Hans von Spakovsky goes on with the Wall Street Journal to refute the left wing narrative on Hillary’s announcement.

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