HOUSTON, TX. August 30, 2012 -- Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a lawsuit in partnership with True the Vote against election officials in the State of Ohio, alleging violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and Ohio election officials have failed to take reasonable steps to maintain clean voter registration lists as required by Section 8 of the NVRA (Judicial Watch and True the Vote v. Jon Husted in his official capacity as Secretary of State of the State of Ohio, Civil Action (No. 2:12-cv-00792)).

On February 6, 2012, Judicial Watch sent a letter to Ohio Secretary Jon Husted notifying him that the State of Ohio was in violation of Section 8 of the NVRA and that, as the chief State election official in the State of Ohio, he is responsible for Ohio's compliance with Section 8 of the NVRA. Based upon an analysis of U.S. Census and other data, Judicial Watch found that the number of persons listed on voter registration rolls in three counties in the State of Ohio exceeded 100% of the total voting age population. (Judicial Watch also noted that 31 other Ohio counties contained registration rolls that contain between 90% and 100% of total voting age population. Typically, only 71% of eligible voters register to vote.)

On March 2, 2012, the Secretary, through his Chief Legal Counsel, responded to Judicial Watch's February 6, 2012, letter indicating that Secretary Husted and his office "share your concerns about the accuracy of our voting lists." The letter pointed to a directive issued on April 18, 2011, to remove ineligible voters from the list due to change of address, but failed to mention a single initiative undertaken to comply with the directive. Moreover, the response failed to reference a single initiative by the State of Ohio to removed deceased or otherwise ineligible voters from voting lists. 

In the March 2, 2012, response, the Secretary asserted that the State of Ohio's efforts to maintain accurate voter rolls "have been hampered... by the restrictions and seemingly inconsistent provisions of the NVRA" and noted that he had written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder "to discuss possible solutions," but had not received a response.

According to Judicial Watch's lawsuit: "The March 2, 2012, response, the lack of any further response, and the failure to produce any additional documents regarding any other voter list maintenance programs or activities undertaken by the State of Ohio confirms that the State of Ohio has failed to satisfy its voter list maintenance obligations under Section 8 of the NVRA."

Judicial Watch is asking the court to force the State of Ohio to manage its lists in a manner consistent with the NRVA.

"To date, we have been given no signal that voter rolls are being properly maintained across the state, which only further inhibits our ability to research more flagrant forms of fraud. If we can't assure the public that even the most basic principles of federal election law are being upheld, faith in our voting system can become irrevocably shaken," said True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht.

"Election officials in the State of Ohio are shirking their responsibility to maintain clean voter registration lists. Dirty election rolls can lead to voter and election fraud. Ohio's voting rolls are a mess and we hope a court will require that they be cleaned up prior to Election Day," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

The new lawsuit details how poorly maintained voter registration lists are a nationwide problem: "According to research conducted by the Center for the States of the non-partisan Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) inaccurate voter registrations are rampant. Pew's independent research published in February 2012 indicates that approximately 24 million active voter registrations throughout the United States -- or one out of every eight registrations -- are either no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate."

According to a Judicial Watch investigation voter rolls in the following states appear to contain the names of individuals who are ineligible to vote: Mississippi, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Alabama, California, and Colorado. As part of its 2012 Election Integrity Project, Judicial Watch has put these states on notice that they must clean up their voter registration lists or face Judicial Watch lawsuits.  Judicial Watch filed a separate lawsuit against the State of Indiana related to its dirty voter registration lists as well.

True The Vote separately gave legal notice to 160 counties in 19 states regarding similar potential violations of federal law requiring maintenance of voter rolls. Each county was warned that current data demonstrated more people registered to vote than total voting age population. Efforts to encourage enforcement of maintenance laws are ongoing. 

Judicial Watch is partnering with True the Vote and the Election Law Center's J. Christian Adams, who previously served in the voting rights section of the Department of Justice (DOJ), on a nationwide campaign to ensure the integrity of the 2012 elections. The groups are also represented in Ohio by the law firm Langdon Law LLC.

Judicial Watch has also uncovered documents showing that the Obama DOJ has also been partnering with the ACORN-connected Project Vote, President Obama’s former employer, to use the NVRA to increase voter registrations for those on public assistance, which is a key Obama voter demographic, while ignoring a stipulation in the NVRA that requires states to keep voter registration lists clean. The Justice Department has also filed lawsuits against states that attempt to Voter ID laws and other measures intended to foster election integrity.

Visit www.truethevote.org  to access True The Vote and Judicial Watch’s lawsuit against Ohio.

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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.

Judicial Watch, Inc., a non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach.

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HOUSTON, TX. August 30, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, responded to the recent United States District Court ruling handed down today that denies Texas’ right to ensure election integrity with photo voter identification requirements.

“This is a sad day for a majority of Americans demanding better safeguards against election fraud and irregularity,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Texas voters deserve the same peace of mind offered to residents of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kansas and others when casting their ballot. Holding states to separate standards of law in the 21st Century is counter-productive and disrespectful to America’s tradition of equal protection under the law.”

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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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HOUSTON, TX. August 27, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, responded to the Minnesota State Supreme Court’s ruling handed down today that grants voters the right to adopt voter identification laws.

“True The Vote celebrates this ruling but is not surprised,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “We witnessed one of the saddest attempts to derail the good work of the greater election integrity movement by the hands of the League of Women Voters, Common Cause and others. The notion that voters must not be permitted to adopt enhanced election integrity measures such as photo voter ID is simply offensive. The Minnesota Supreme Court acted wisely and without partisan influence. This is a victory for voters and our judicial system.”

The League of Women Voters, Common Cause and others initially brought suit to disrupt the upcoming Minnesota ballot measure that if adopted, would amend the state’s constitution to require photo voter identification. Minnesota statutes allow the court to intervene should the initiative be misleading or a violation of standing law. The petition was denied today.

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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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HOUSTON, TX. August 20, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, today commended the directive to standardize early voting hours across the state of Ohio.

“A critical component to ensuring election integrity is the faithful execution of laws with equal protection for all citizens,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Allowing individual counties to set differing practices and hours for voting heightens the risk that Americans could be re-living an electoral crisis not seen since 2000. True The Vote applauds the effort to make certain that voters in Montgomery, Cuyahoga or any other county in the Buckeye State have equal access to the state’s early voting procedures.”

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will be joining a distinguished collection of speakers at True The Vote’s upcoming Ohio State Summit on Saturday, August 25th in Worthington. Additional speakers to include:

·         Ken Blackwell, Columnist and former Ohio Secretary of State

·         Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch

·         Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder and President of True The Vote

·         Anita MonCrief, ACORN Whistleblower and publisher of "Emerging Corruption"

The August 25th speaking schedule will be released soon.

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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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WHO/WHAT: True the Vote and Ohio Voter Protection will hold an Ohio State Summit to discuss election integrity within the state. The summit, held about one week before Labor Day, will feature outstanding speakers and experts on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Speakers include:

·         Catherine Engelbrecht, Founder and President of True the Vote

·         Ken Blackwell, Columnist and former Ohio Secretary of State

·         Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch

·         Anita MonCrief, ACORN Whistleblower and publisher of "Emerging Corruption"

·         Others to be announced

"We are working to ensure voter integrity in Ohio, a very important swing state in the 2012 Presidential race," said Engelbrecht, "In the last 12 elections, the state has accurately picked the winning presidential candidate. We need to make sure that every vote is counted. We're excited to have some fascinating speakers who will provide us with their thoughts and evidence about the scope of voter fraud in Ohio."

WHAT: Participants who attend and media who cover the Ohio State Summit will gain access to the latest research findings, legislative updates and training methods that can help interested citizens and inspire activists across the country to strengthen the election process.

Discussions will range from instances of voter fraud within the state to the recent lawsuit filed by Obama for America with the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party over early voting in Ohio, which could be a problem for military voters.  

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. (Lunch Provided)

REGISTRATION: To register, visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/ohio-state-summit/event-summary-0a3063a325a94a4296831dc358c4b704.aspx

The registration fee is $20.

**Media who wish to cover the summit can register at media@truethevote.com

NOTE: Official media credentials and photo ID will be required upon check-in.

WHERE: Holiday Inn, 7007 North High Street, Worthington, OH 43805

WHY:  True the Vote is an initiative developed by citizens for citizens to ensure fair and legal elections. The organization strives to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of the electoral process. True the Vote promotes ideas that actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. Learn more at www.truethevote.org/

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HOUSTON, TX. August 15, 2012 -- True The Vote and Verify the Vote, Arizona have teamed up to ensure select Arizona initiative measures will be legally placed on the ballot. The two non-partisan groups are using a high-tech method of checking every signature and petition circulator participating in getting the measure certified for the November ballot.

The “Open Elections/Open Government Act” initiative had petitions circulated by the “Open Government Committee”. This initiative was selected for scrutiny due to the public outcry from both partisan and non-partisan groups for the petitions to be thoroughly reviewed. The initiative is commonly referred to as the “Top Two Primary”.

“This is an historic effort now made possible by our dedicated network of volunteers and emerging technologies to ensure that what we get to vote on has been legally and fairly brought to the ballot,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True The Vote does not take any position on the ballot measure - but wants voters to know that every effort is being made to ensure this initiative has been vetted by a group supporting fair practices by legitimate petition gatherers.”

True the Vote used the same technology to audit petition signatures in the attempted recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. With the technology proven, the commitment has now been extended to help citizens in Arizona reviewing each and every signature submitted by the “Open Government Committee” to amend Arizona's Constitution.

With True the Vote’s technology, citizen volunteers across the country can help take on monumental task of verifying every petition signer and circulator.

Early results are showing a very high rate of invalid signatures. There are also indications that some of the petition circulators may have been unqualified to gather signatures by Arizona State Law. One of the gatherers of 52 petitions has been found to be a convicted felon.

When the verification is complete the groups plan to announce the results and turn them over to groups who have indicated they will pursue legal action if there is enough evidence of misconduct.

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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.

Verify the Vote, Arizona a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to training and mobilizing volunteers to ensure election integrity. Learn more at www.verifythevoteaz.org.  

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HOUSTON, TX. August 15, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, responded to the recent Commonwealth Court ruling upholding Pennsylvania’s voter identification law.

“This is a positive, although unsurprising development in the ongoing effort to ensure election integrity,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “While many in the press and professional politics may seek to stoke false outrage over these common-sense measures, American legal precedent has already been established on this matter. The United States Supreme Court upheld the State of Indiana’s voter ID laws on the basis that it improved faith in our election system. In a time where over 70 percent of voters are demanding better safeguards to prevent against fraud, Pennsylvania is entitled to equal protection of the law. Voters are best served when states maintain the right to improve transparency and efficiency – rather than being forced to waste time and taxpayer funds fighting misguided litigation.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the League of Women Voters among others initially brought suit on the basis that required identification would disenfranchise voters. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson rejected their request for preliminary injunction.

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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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HOUSTON, TX. August 13, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, announced its intention to help ensure the validity of Wisconsin’s votes this November.

“The recent announcement by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board regarding its ‘Back to Basics’ agenda, which disparages volunteer election observers as ‘boisterous’ and prone to intimidate, is a disturbing sign,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Citizen participation in our electoral process is a vital component of our representative democracy.  It is disappointing that the GAB would use their platform to so harshly discourage citizen involvement. True The Vote takes great pride in our training program to empower citizens to serve at the polls and help ensure election integrity. Our volunteers will continue their strong track record of lawfully observing, documenting, and reporting any problems inside Wisconsin polling places. Badger State voters can rest assured that thousands of election observers will be trained and ready to participate in the upcoming elections.”

True The Vote mobilized volunteers across Wisconsin for the June 5th recall effort. Observers noted at least 79 instances of wrongdoing by election officials – spanning from procedural missteps to blatant complicity in voter fraud.

True The Vote was also alarmed by a recent uncovered admission from Racine Mayor John Dickert regarding his desire to illegally banish election observers from the polls.

“Mayor Dickert’s desire to revoke the rights of our volunteers, many of whom are retired teachers, cops and veterans – is despicable,” Engelbrecht said. “Such comments and willful lawlessness only serve to demonstrate a greater need for election observers this November.”

True The Vote offers training for citizens dedicated to ensuring that American elections remain free and fair. Educating volunteers to not only understand their rights, but the legal responsibilities of those officials sworn to execute elections, are fundamental to the instruction.

 

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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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HOUSTON, TX. August 10, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, today commended the Virginia State Board of Elections for its recent decision to make certain that the Commonwealth’s voter rolls are accurate prior to the November General Election.

“This will go a long way to improve faith in our voting system and set a good example for others to follow,” True The Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The Commonwealth of Virginia’s recent decision to purchase the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File is the optimal tool necessary to affirm that the deceased will not have ballots waiting for them on November 6th. Every legal action that state and local authorities can take to improve our election system builds confidence in the process – voter list maintenance is the keystone to election integrity.”

Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (aka Motor Voter) of 1993 requires election officials to conduct a reasonable effort to maintain voter registration lists free from dead voters, ineligible voters and voters who have moved away. True The Vote recently gave legal notice to 160 counties in 19 states regarding their potential violation of Section 8 – holding more than 100 percent voter registration.   

“Voter list maintenance can be a difficult and demanding process, but we must make certain that it continues,” Engelbrecht argued. “State and local authorities with limited resources wishing to follow Virginia’s lead can count on True The Vote’s national network of volunteers.“

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, 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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