JACKSON, MS. -- July 24, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement following an evidentiary hearing in its lawsuit regarding the 2014 Mississippi Republican Primary Run-Off Election.

"We are grateful that the Court, recognizing the import and gravity of this matter, moved quickly to provide these 21 Mississippi voters with a chance to tell their stories," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True the Vote and these plaintiffs simply want Mississippi to follow the law. Mississippi and America deserve to have the myths debunked and prove-up the facts of this election.

“In spite of what has been said and reported, we are not seeking access to the Social Security numbers of Mississippi voters,” Engelbrecht continued. “We are seeking un-redacted access to poll books, absentee ballot applications, absentee ballot envelopes, military ballot requests and reports on results from the State Election Management System (SEMS).”

True the Vote originally filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party to seek an immediate court order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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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Destruction of Absentee Ballot Documents, Double Voting and Discarded Legal Votes Found Statewide

JACKSON, MS. -- July 9, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed a motion with the Jackson Division of the U.S. District Court, requesting temporary restraining order and injunctive relief be issued against the Mississippi Republican Party and all defendants to prevent further tampering, redaction, or destruction of voter records by Defendants or their agents.

"Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records.  Now, we think we know why,” said True the Vote founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. "If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election."

True the Vote will be providing the Court with dozens of full detailed affidavit reports, containing stunning evidence of election subversion, including:

  • Destruction of  voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes; 
  • Illegal alteration of poll books;
  • Cross-over and double voting;
  • Absentee ballots marked “Accepted” but unopened.

“Based on all we have seen -- and all we have not been allowed to see -- we now believe that unless the Court steps in, illegal voting will go unchallenged, voters’ rights will be diluted, voters’ trust will be violated - and an unlawful and inaccurate election may be certified by the State of Mississippi,” said Engelbrecht.

TTV’s motion was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.

A copy of the motion has been made available here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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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Destruction of Absentee Ballot Documents, Double Voting and Discarded Legal Votes Found Statewide

JACKSON, MS. -- July 9, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed a motion with the Jackson Division of the U.S. District Court, requesting temporary restraining order and injunctive relief be issued against the Mississippi Republican Party and all defendants to prevent further tampering, redaction, or destruction of voter records by Defendants or their agents.

"Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records.  Now, we think we know why,” said True the Vote founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. "If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election."

True the Vote will be providing the Court with dozens of full detailed affidavit reports, containing stunning evidence of election subversion, including:

  • Destruction of  voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes; 
  • Illegal alteration of poll books;
  • Cross-over and double voting;
  • Absentee ballots marked “Accepted” but unopened.

“Based on all we have seen -- and all we have not been allowed to see -- we now believe that unless the Court steps in, illegal voting will go unchallenged, voters’ rights will be diluted, voters’ trust will be violated - and an unlawful and inaccurate election may be certified by the State of Mississippi,” said Engelbrecht.

TTV’s motion was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.

A copy of the motion has been made available here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                    

CONTACT:

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JACKSON, MS. -- July 9, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today refiled its lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State, the State Republican Party, and ten newly added county election commissions, asking the Court to immediately order election records be opened to inspection, as outlined in the federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv532-HTW-LRA)).

True the Vote refiled in the Southern District of Mississippi, following the motion for relocation by Northern District Judge Michael P. Mills.

In the refiling, True the Vote added an additional 8 individual Mississippi voters as plaintiffs, bringing the total number of plaintiffs to 22.

The following nine counties and their respective election commissions have been included as defendants in the case: Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo.

“Given the importance of the case, it was imperative that we move as expeditiously as possible so dismissal of our suit in the Northern District of Mississippi and re-filing in the Southern District avoids the potential delays in transferring the case,” Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. attorney James E. “Trey” Trainor said. “The Court in Oxford made it clear that Jackson would be a better venue to quickly resolve the serious issues we have brought before the Court.”

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was re-filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.

A copy of the re-filed complaint has been made available here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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.

 

True the Vote v. Mississippi Complaint by True The Vote

 

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OXFORD, MS. -- July 7, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement regarding Judge Michael P. Mills’ motion for relocation of its lawsuit against the State of Mississippi and the MS Republican Party.

"True the Vote will take immediate action to address the Court's observations on venue change. Relocating from Oxford to Jackson is a small price to pay for protecting voters’ rights in Mississippi." True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Voters should be confident that the outcome of their election represents the true will of the electorate; that the rule of law is observed, and that only legitimate votes are counted, but that’s not what seems to have happened in the election of June 24th here in Mississippi. The only way to put speculation to rest is to examine election documents and see whether or not the process was abused. Our suit takes up the case of concerned citizens who were wrongfully denied access to these publicly available election documents, refusing them protections extended to us all under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act.”

“In the wake of our lawsuit, we’ve seen both the Secretary of State and a political party take command when it served them and claim no responsibility when it didn’t -- leading to a state of chaos that we see even today, as our volunteers are being welcomed to inspect the records in some counties and completely shut out of others,” Engelbrecht continued. “True the Vote is committed to pursuing this lawsuit for all those volunteers, all those citizens, whose faith in their electoral process is being shaken to the core because political posturing has left them without anyone who will stand in defense of their rights as voters. True the Vote will stand with them.”

True the Vote originally filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party to seek an immediate court order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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.

OXFORD, MS. -- July 7, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement regarding Judge Michael P. Mills’ motion for relocation of its lawsuit against the State of Mississippi and the MS Republican Party.

"True the Vote  will take immediate action to address the Court's observations on venue change. Relocating from Oxford to Jackson is a small price to pay for protecting voters’ rights in Mississippi." True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Voters should be confident that the outcome of their election represents the true will of the electorate; that the rule of law is observed, and that only legitimate votes are counted, but that’s not what seems to have happened in the election of June 24th here in Mississippi. The only way to put speculation to rest is to examine election documents and see whether or not the process was abused.  Our suit takes up the case of concerned citizens who were wrongfully denied access to these publicly available election documents, refusing them protections extended to us all under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act.”

“In the wake of our lawsuit, we’ve seen both the Secretary of State and a political party take command when it served them and claim no responsibility when it didn’t -- leading to a state of chaos that we see even today, as our volunteers are being welcomed to inspect the records in some counties and completely shut out of others,” Engelbrecht continued. “True the Vote is committed to pursuing this lawsuit for all those volunteers, all those citizens, whose faith in their electoral process is being shaken to the core because political posturing has left them without anyone who will stand in defense of their rights as voters. True the Vote will stand with them.”

True the Vote originally filed a lawsuit against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party to seek an immediate court order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- July 7, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today formally announced its intent to participate in an evidentiary hearing in federal court that could potentially grant discovery access to the Internal Revenue Service’s email records as part of ongoing litigation against the agency. The hearing has been set for July 11, 2014.

"We’ve said from the beginning – this is not just about a tax-exemption," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "True the Vote decided to pursue litigation against the IRS because the American people deserve to hear from a federal judge whether certain public servants are indeed above the law. Our request to review archived IRS emails and maintenance processes as part of discovery serves not just our case – but basic rules of evidence in our courts.”

True the Vote filed a motion for expedited discovery to include the notorious “lost” emails on June 30. According to the filing:

“True the Vote would prevent Defendants from engaging in and permitting any further destruction of evidence—in addition to the emails that, according to the IRS, were previously ‘lost’ by one or more Defendants after the ‘IRS Targeting Scheme’ was already the subject of litigation that has since been transferred to this Court and after congressional investigations were already well underway.

“The expedited discovery sought by True the Vote would permit an independent forensic examination of computers, servers, computer systems, and records related to computers and computer systems in Defendants’ possession, custody, and control. As part of the requested examination, the computer forensics expert would copy hard drives and other storage devices to prevent any further destruction of electronic evidence, whether inadvertent or intentional. To the extent that forensic examination reveals the loss of electronic evidence, the expert would also attempt to ascertain how and when the loss occurred and whether any of the missing emails, data, and other electronically stored information can be recovered.”

True the Vote initially filed suit in May 2013, asking the Court to grant its long-awaited tax exempt status and seeking damages for the unlawful actions by the IRS in the processing of its application for exempt status. ActRight Legal Foundation, a 501(c)(3) fundamental rights and public interest law firm represents True the Vote in the lawsuit along with Foley & Lardner attorney Cleta Mitchell. The lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

A copy of the recent filing has been made available here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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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A new study of the actual impact of voter ID laws shows Eric Holder’s Justice Department and the “civil rights” racket’s shills are dead wrong about how the laws actually affect voters.
In a study of North Carolina voters commissioned by the conservative group Judicial Watch, researchers found voting increased between the primary election of May 2010 – before the state’s voter ID law went into effect – and May 2014, when the law was in place.
 

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REQUESTS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO ELECTION RECORDS AHEAD OF CERTIFICATION DEADLINE

OXFORD, MS. -- July 1, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA).

True the Vote and associated plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated “double-voting” from Democratic to Republican primaries -- potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

"All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“This isn't about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go,” Engelbrecht continued. “What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

True the Vote has closely followed developments surrounding the Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff from the beginning. On June 21, TTV released figures demonstrating unusual voter turnout patterns based on historic data. On June 25, the organization formally requested that MS Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election and share voting records for independent review. Finding no assistance from the state party, TTV and the collected 13 plaintiffs were left no option but to pursue the matter in federal court.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One: Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.

Count Two: Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws. Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor. 

Count Three: Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division. A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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.

REQUESTS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO ELECTION RECORDS AHEAD OF CERTIFICATION DEADLINE

OXFORD, MS. -- July 1, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

True the Vote and associated plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated “double-voting” from Democratic to Republican primaries -- potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

"All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“This isn't about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go,” Engelbrecht continued. “What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government.  No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

True the Vote has closely followed developments surrounding the Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff from the beginning. On June 21, TTV released figures demonstrating unusual voter turnout patterns based on historic data. On June 25, the organization formally requested that MS Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election and share voting records for independent review. Finding no assistance from the state party, TTV and the collected 13 plaintiffs were left no option but to pursue the matter in federal court.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One:  Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.

Count Two:  Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws. Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor.

Count Three:  Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division.

A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights  organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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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