A former member of Pasquotank’s Board of Elections on the effects of North Carolina’s new voting law, which is currently being challenged in court, and several instances of fraudulent voting in Pasquotank County, which the challengers like to claim doesn’t happen:

“Under the new law, voter and minority turnout increased…

“In 2008, the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opened a headquarters on Hughes Boulevard managed by a gentleman who commuted from Virginia. On the last day of same-day registration and voting he came to the Pasquotank Board of Elections Office with a utility bill in his name at the address of the campaign office and attempted to register and vote.

“In the 2011 municipal election in Elizabeth City, two Elizabeth City State University employees brought a van of ECSU cheerleaders to the polls and then forced them to register and vote. One employee was the brother of a candidate in the election. Some of the girls did not want to register… When they exited the building without voting they were instructed by the people who had brought them to the polls to go back in and vote. All of this is a matter of record in the minutes of the Pasquotank Board of Elections…

“When a Camden County resident, formerly from Pasquotank County, could not vote in 2010 she informed the Camden board that she had registered at the Department of Social Services… The Camden Board of Elections found the form she signed at DSS declining to register to vote. For the record, she left Camden that day and traveled to Pasquotank and voted illegally…

“In 2012 our local state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, won by 21 votes out of 87,449 votes cast… It was later determined that more than 50 fraudulent voters voted in Pasquotank in 2012, including residents of Virginia, California and Georgia.”

The 13th Court of Appeals last week denied [Weslaco] City Commissioner Lupe Rivera’s request for judges to reconsider their decision to call a new election… 

Citing allegations of voter fraud, [Letty] Lopez challenged the November 2013 election after falling short to Rivera by 16 votes. Murray agreed and found that 30 votes were illegally cast in the race.

Lopez believes Rivera will continue delaying the inevitable election re-do with a final appeal to the Texas Supreme Court:

“I believe that, yes, they will make it a delay tactic,” Lopez said. “I just think it’s unfortunate with our voting, democratic process that we have the state Democratic chair, which is Gilberto Hinojosa, Lupe Rivera’s legal representation, doing these delay tactics when in my personal opinion he’s deterring the voters’ rights. How can you, in that capacity, do something like this that is against the democratic process of voting?”

Just When You Thought the IRS Targeting Scheme Couldn’t Get More Twisted…

You would think that after years of bombshells in the wake of Lois Lerner’s infamous May 2013 admission to targeting presumed organizations that TTV would eventually become jaded. In recent days, however, we have come to understand new wrinkles in the case that offer a whole new dimension of insight. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Lerner was working directly with the chief officer of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board – the public entity charged with enforcing election and campaign finance laws – during the targeting period. According to the report, “Emails we’ve seen show that between 2011 and 2013 the two were in contact on multiple occasions, sharing articles on topics including greater donor disclosure and Wisconsin’s recall elections … This timing is significant because those were the years when the IRS increased its harassment of conservative groups and Wisconsin prosecutors gathered information that would lead to the John Doe probe that officially opened in September 2012.” This revelation helps make sense of the fact that multiple IRS targets were questioned about what they knew of TTV’s involvement in the 2012 Verify the Recall effort in Wisconsin. The hits just keep on coming.

 

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Legislative Action Needed

Remember when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed it would be a great idea to automatically register everyone to vote using whatever [imperfect] data government agencies had laying around? Capitol Hill quickly followed suit with H.R. 2694 - the Automatic Voter Registration Act. New cosponsors from around the country have been added in the weeks since. It’s up to you to share your concerns with these lawmakers directly. Raise your voice in opposition and let your Member of Congress know where you stand as well.

A bill to prevent “drive-by voting” by non-residents was vetoed by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.

Supporters say it would end “drive-by voting” by people who are in the state for a short period of time and who intend to move on but vote in an election, such as political campaign workers or consultants. Under the bill, a person would have to be a resident of the state for at least 30 days before he or she could vote in an election.

The state has long had same-day voter registration in order to avoid “motor-voter” requirements mandated by the federal government, and the bill would upend that system, Hassan said.

SB 179 “has the full support of New Hampshire’s official on voting laws, Secretary of State William Gardner, who says it will protect the state from voter fraud and drive-by voting without infringing on an individual’s right to vote.”

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, also supports SB 179, because “citizens should have a reasonable expectation that their vote will not be cancelled out by temporary visitors. Under our existing laws our doors are still technically open for people with little intent on staying here to participate in (the presidential) primary. That seems unfair to most people.”

TTV Begins Testing on TrueThis: Your Next Research Tool

This week True the Vote announced its newest public research tool, TrueThis -- a first-of-its-kind, citizen-facing, unstructured data environment. Originally developed to perform text and data analysis for documents related to the IRS’s admitted targeting scheme, TrueThis allows citizen researchers to upload, assimilate, and mine bulk data gathered through open records disclosures, lawsuit discovery, and other avenues of data collection. In a press release circulated on Tuesday, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht explained, “Using our TrueThis application, the hundreds of nonprofit groups that bore the brunt of the IRS’s abuse will now be able to collaboratively combine Lois Lerner emails, harassment letters, correspondence with IRS technicians, and original applications to discern new insights into how and why the agency made the decision to target these organizations and the private citizens affiliated with them … Imagine being able to create a timeline that reflects specific points of inspiration, execution and aftermath in every harassing question posed by the IRS, for every target – and to create it within minutes, when conventional research methods could take years. Simply put, TrueThis will empower citizens to participate in the crowdsourcing of truth.  Ten-thousand-page, Friday-afternoon document dumps can now be distilled, mined, and analyzed by Monday morning.”

The tool has direct applications for election integrity research, of course.

“Citizen researchers have increasingly utilized open records laws in their respective states to collect data necessary to understand how best to advocate for improved election processes,” Engelbrecht added. “These engaged voters tell us that it’s common for reams of documents to be offered in lieu of specifically requested records. With TrueThis, massive amounts of documentation, from troves of email correspondence regarding voter roll maintenance to statewide petitions, can be quickly processed and analyzed.” Click here to read the full release.

 

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Hear It to Believe It: NPR Feature on Organized Voter Fraud

Sometimes the trail of corruption is just too blatant to keep up the “voter fraud is a myth” line, even for the progressive, dulcet-toned newsreaders in public radio. This week, NPR offered a close look at a notorious drugs-for-votes ring sentenced in federal court earlier this year in south Texas. NPR summed their story up this way: “They're called politiqueras — a word unique to the border that means campaign worker. It's a time-honored tradition down in the land of grapefruit orchards and Border Patrol checkpoints. If a local candidate needs dependable votes, he or she goes to a politiquera … In the town of Donna, five politiqueras pleaded guilty to election fraud. Voters were bribed with cigarettes, beer or dime bags of cocaine. In neighboring Cameron County, nine politiqueras were charged with manipulating mail-in ballots.” Click here for the full story and audio – and have fun sharing on social media.

 

Promising News on the IRS Lawsuit Front

You may remember that a similar lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel citizen group, Z Street, recently had an impact on TTV’s appeal before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Essentially, the Court recognized that since the IRS was defending its targeting scheme using the same legal strategy in both TTV and Z Street’s cases, it was best to put ours on hold until it ruled on the Z Street matter. You may also recall that during oral arguments in the Z Street case, the Court undeniably handed the IRS its collective head for its targeting practices and courtroom tap dancing. Shortly before the Independence Day break, the Court followed through with an order sending the Z Street case to discovery and trial, against the IRS’s wishes. With the hold on True the Vote’s case now lifting, our attorneys are to submit briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals to hash out next steps. In keeping with the recent ruling, TTV will file a motion to remand our case back to the district judge by next week. Cross your fingers, knock wood, say a prayer, pick up pennies or whatever works for you – we’re going back to court. Stay tuned…

 

More Bad News for the IRS

Remember when it was discovered that in 2010 Lois Lerner cooperated with the FBI to share 1 million pages of tax documents involving 501(c) organizations for the purpose of seeking indictments? Thanks to a court order won by our pals at Judicial Watch this week, we now have even more gory details. According to the court disclosures, 21 computer discs were given to the FBI from Lerner’s office, and they contained approximately 1.25 million pages of confidential return documents from roughly 113,000 501(c)(4) groups – which was nearly every group of its kind then in existence. Also this week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch announced that the Senate Finance Committee expects to release the findings of its investigation before the August recess, according to a report in POLITICO. This promises not to be just another bland release, either. Members of Finance Committee leadership are some of the select few on Capitol Hill with the ability to dive into confidential tax records without redactions or other withholdings. Again, stay tuned…

Early Testing Yields Insight into Behavioral Patterns in Clinton Emails

HOUSTON, TX. -- July 7, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced the testing of its latest online research tool, TrueThis, is underway. TrueThis has been designed to facilitate data mining through citizen crowdsourcing in an open, online environment.

Originally developed to perform text and data analysis for documents related to the IRS’s admitted targeting scheme, TrueThis allows citizen researchers to upload, assimilate, and mine bulk data gathered through open records disclosures, lawsuit discovery, and other avenues of data collection.

“In anticipation of the coming discovery phase in our lawsuit against the IRS, TTV has been working around the clock to build an online application that we can use to disseminate the contents of all email correspondence in a way that is public, transparent, expedient, and insightful.” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Good research – be it election integrity related or otherwise – requires an ability to simultaneously handle incredibly large amounts of differing data types.

“Using our TrueThis application, the hundreds of nonprofit groups that bore the brunt of the IRS’s abuse will now be able to collaboratively combine Lois Lerner emails, harassment letters, correspondence with IRS technicians, and original applications to discern new insights into how and why the agency made the decision to target these organizations and the private citizens affiliated with them.” Engelbrecht continued. “Imagine being able to create a timeline that reflects specific points of inspiration, execution and aftermath in every harassing question posed by the IRS, for every target – and to create it within minutes, when conventional research methods could take years. Simply put, TrueThis will empower citizens to participate in the crowdsourcing of truth.  Ten-thousand-page, Friday-afternoon document dumps can now be distilled, mined, and analyzed by Monday morning.”

TrueThis will directly address an emerging need within the greater election integrity movement.

“Citizen researchers have increasingly utilized open records laws in their respective states to collect data necessary to understand how best to advocate for improved election processes,” Engelbrecht added. “These engaged voters tell us that it’s common for reams of documents to be offered in lieu of specifically requested records. With TrueThis, massive amounts of documentation, from troves of email correspondence regarding voter roll maintenance to statewide petitions, can be quickly processed and analyzed.”

Early Testing

Due to delays in the federal courts and in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) administrative processes to dislodge controversial Lois Lerner and other IRS email files, True the Vote opted to launch its first data-mining test using the recently released batch of emails belonging to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Significant media coverage has been given to cursory reviews of these emails, focusing on a specific body of quotes or general subject matters. With TrueThis, TTV is looking beyond basic observations to examine relationship and response patterns - focusing initially on the patterns involving Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal.

Clinton campaign spin and related media reports have asserted that Blumenthal emails were unsolicited and widely reported to “strain credulity” in some instances – forging the intended popular understanding that said emails generally fell on deaf inboxes. However, the behavioral pattern within the email metadata tells a different story:

  • Of the 100 plus email files disclosed by the State Department directly involving Blumenthal, nearly every email sent by Blumenthal led to a Reply, Reply All or Forward command by former Secretary Clinton to her immediate staff;
     
  • 78 percent of all emails Clinton received from Blumenthal were forwarded to staff for distribution and other purposes.

TrueThis testing is expected to continue through summer 2015, as new State Department disclosures are announced, in preparation for the forthcoming delivery of IRS document releases.

 

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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Happy 4th of July!

From the entire True the Vote team, we hope all of you engaged voters have a wonderful 4th of July weekend filled with all things Americana. Take the time to thank a veteran, pledge to the flag, grill for the block party, avoid burning your house down,  go to a baseball game and – above all – reflect on our great nation’s history and discern how to have an impact on its future.

 

Kansas, Arizona Denied by SCOTUS in Fighting Noncitizen Voter Registration

While the U.S. Supreme Court was busy disrupting news cycles and breaking the Internet with major rulings, it also took time this week to deny a petition from Kansas and Arizona to be heard on a matter involving proposed controls to prevent noncitizen voter registration. The states specifically requested that the federal government require users of the federal voter registration form to submit proof of citizenship along with their application. This setback will only prove to be a small one, however.

For years, TTV has advocated that states “own their data.” This means they should utilize the powers already given to them by the federal courts to verify voter registration information as it is received. The technology to do so is available and affordable. Taking ownership also means finding new ways to share information between agencies such as jury clerks, for example. In a statement released after the ruling, Catherine Engelbrecht noted, “Today’s decision is yet another reminder that if citizens demand improved election integrity, they must first look to themselves.” Click here to read the full press release.

 

We Will Not Be Silenced: IRS Botches Email Recovery, Again

It’s hard to keep track of things: Lois Lerner’s emails are irrevocably lost, miraculously found and then accidentally lost yet again. While this news usually enjoys wall-to-wall coverage, SCOTUS was busy stealing the spotlight. We first learned late last week that up to 24,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails went missing AFTER multiple protection orders had been placed upon them, according to CNN. But it gets worse. Now the varieties of email transparency scandals around Washington are starting to merge. POLITICO reported this week that the same attorney who led the IRS email recovery-and-loss squad has been tasked to help turn over Benghazi-related State Department emails to Congress. Spoiler alert: emails will disappear. If it is any consolation, the Treasury Department swears it did not delete emails with malicious intent. Instead, the claim is that the employees who magnetically deleted files did not know they weren’t supposed to delete anymore. And so the scandal grows…

 

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Georgia Secretary of State not concerned about possible Democrat challenge to state’s Voter ID law

State considers plaintiffs’ anti-voter ID claims now moot

Via The Robesonian:  “A federal trial next month on several provisions of North Carolina’s 2013 elections law won’t consider challenges to the state’s upcoming voter identification requirement in light of recent changes to the mandate, a judge has ruled.

“U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder decided that claims against the photo ID provision set to begin in 2016 will be kept out of the July 13 trial in Winston-Salem and considered later. Schroeder’s order came barely a week after the legislature finalized a bill creating a method by which people who can’t obtain a photo ID before next year can cast a lawful ballot.”

House Bill 836 ensures that any voter claiming a “reasonable impediment” to getting a photo ID (even one provided free of charge by the state) will be able to vote. But the anti-integrity crowd isn’t satisfied.  Advancement Project attorney Donita Judge says “we believe that any photo ID requirement is unconstitutional” – a belief not shared by the Supreme Court or by the D.C. Circuit Court, which upheld South Carolina’s photo voter ID law containing a similar reasonable impediment affidavit provision.

And as North Carolina Rep. David Lewis, a proponent of the bill, noted, only 114 South Carolina voters used reasonable impediment affidavits in 2014, a fraction of one percent of the 240,000 voters that opponents claimed had no photo ID.

If Judge Schroeder doesn’t throw them out entirely, plaintiffs have until mid-August to decide whether to continue wasting resources on their anti-ID claims.

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