HOUSTON, TX. September 26, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today announced the expansion of an ongoing research effort to expose interstate absentee voter fraud.

“Our pilot sample of New York voters claiming Florida addresses yesterday yielded more than 30 cases of fraud – we know there are more,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True The Vote will continue cross-referencing the rolls between Florida and the remainder of New York, including New York City.”

“Wisconsin, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Georgia’s rolls will be included in the next phase of our expansion,” Engelbrecht continued. “We’ve developed the technology necessary to identify data patterns, we've built a team of diligent auditors, and slowly but surely we will review our nation's voter rolls. Absentee voter fraud, interstate or otherwise, is a silent crime that affects us all."  

True The Vote initially began the process of identifying potential absentee voter fraud by accessing Florida’s complete voter registration roll and cross-referencing it against a 10 percent sample of New York’s comprehensive list. Preliminary audits indicated more than one million Florida voters claimed New York mailing addresses. Over 1,700 people were found with voter registrations in both states. More than 30 voters were turned over to state and federal election authorities, identified based on full name, birth date, reciprocal mailing addresses and voting history demonstrating ballots cast in both states during the same federal election cycle.

 

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. September 25, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today released preliminary research findings that already show evidence of 31 cases of absentee ballot fraud in New York and Florida. The Office of Florida Secretary of State, the New York State Board of Elections and the U.S. Department of Justice were formally notified of ballots cast simultaneously in both states for federal elections.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “This is further evidence of just how susceptible our election system is to voter fraud. Earlier this year, Pew Research found more than 2.75 million people nationwide are registered to vote in more than one state. These early findings put a name, face and potential motivation behind that startling statistic. True The Vote calls on Florida, New York and federal officials to investigate and confirm our citizen research.”

True The Vote began the process of identifying potential absentee voter fraud by accessing Florida’s complete voter registration roll and cross-referencing it against 10 percent of New York’s comprehensive list. Preliminary audits indicated more than one million Florida voters claimed New York mailing addresses. Over 1,700 people were found with voter registrations in both states. Today 31 voters were turned over to state and federal election authorities after being matched based on full name, birth date, reciprocal mailing addresses and voting history demonstrating ballots cast in both states during the same federal election cycle.

In each case, federal and state laws were potentially violated as a result of these activities. Both New York and Florida require voters to cast ballots corresponding with their permanent residential addresses. Federal law, specifically 42 U.S.C. § 1973i(e) clearly states that voters cannot cast more than one ballot in the same election.

“This should serve as a warning to any individual considering committing voter fraud in this year’s election,” Engelbrecht said. “True The Vote enjoys cooperative relationships with these states and many more. These findings are only the beginning of our effort. As today is National Voter Registration Day, it’s important to remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony conviction.”

 

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. September 19, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a nonpartisan election integrity organization, today submitted citizen challenges of over 1,000 voter registration records in Harris County, Texas to The Honorable Don Sumners, Voter Registrar.

“We are asking that Harris County officials begin the process of investigating these citizen challenges as required by state and federal law,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Since election integrity weighs so heavily on the American conscience, it’s imperative that The Honorable Don Sumners and his staff take the appropriate steps to clarify registration irregularities in time for the November elections. True The Vote hopes that officials will find this information helpful in ensuring that Harris County voter rolls are as accurate as possible.”

True The Vote found over 530 people registered to vote in rented mailboxes – with dozens of registrations per PO box, in most cases. In addition, TTV is challenging the validity of those registered voters who claim to live at gas stations, yacht clubs, vacant lots, golf courses and storage units.

In keeping with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, True The Vote is also raising awareness to duplicate and deceased records. If confirmed by Harris County officials, federal law requires they be purged immediately. Section 8 of the NVRA requires local electoral boards to regularly conduct list maintenance insuring ineligible registrations are kept off current rolls. The NVRA allows for private parties to seek legal options to verify that lists are kept up to date.

“We understand there can be some instances where voter registration records and driver’s licenses don’t have matching addresses,” True The Vote National Research Director Mark Antill said. “However, when we have laws like Motor Voter that are supposed to help keep our data in sync, our records should not be in such visible disarray.”

True The Vote and other citizen groups across the state of Texas have until October 9 to file formal challenges. True The Vote-empowered citizens will be issuing over 95,000 challenges nationwide.

 

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. September 18, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a Houston-based, nonpartisan election integrity organization, applauded a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released today rejecting an injunction that would suspend a new Voter ID law, until further review can be made. The Supreme Court wants the lower court to provide an assessment of the availability of alternate identification cards by October 2, 2012.

The new Voter ID law -- which has been challenged in court -- is scheduled to go into effect for the November 2012 elections. The Supreme Court made the ruling on August 15, 2012 and released it today.

 “American legal precedent has already been established on this matter -- and I applaud Judge Simpson's carefully balanced decision to review all the facts before reversing what most Americans see as a common-sense reform. In a time where over 74 percent of voters are demanding better safeguards to prevent against fraud, Pennsylvanians are entitled to equal protection of the law," said Catherine Engelbrecht, True the Vote Founder and President.

"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. Voters are best served when states maintain the right to improve transparency, efficiency, and in some states, such as Georgia, similar voter identification laws actually increase citizen turnout on election day."

The Pennsylvania law allows for the following voter ID options: valid driver’s license, ID cards issued by the Commonwealth and federal agencies, US Passport, student ID, employee identification and military identification. In addition, valid firearm permits, utility bills, government checks, bank statements and employment checks are acceptable.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the League of Women Voters, and others, claimed that the new voter ID bill would disenfranchise voters.

Simpson originally ruled that the photo ID requirement of Act 18 is a "reasonable, nondiscriminatory, nonsevere burden when viewed in the broader context of the widespread use of photo ID in daily life. The commonwealth’s asserted interest in protecting public confidence in elections is a relevant and legitimate state interest sufficiently weighty to justify the burden.”

 

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. September 17, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), a Houston-based nonpartisan election integrity organization, responded to attacks and misinformation in a report released today by Common Cause and Demos, two prominent liberal organizations.

"We agree with Common Cause and Demos that protecting the freedom to vote for all eligible Americans is of fundamental importance -- but this report is beyond the pale. Instead of helping us to try to solve problems for the American people, they are disparaging us by skewing the facts and distorting the truth," said Catherine Engelbrecht, True the Vote founder and president.

"The report by Common Cause and Demos is filled with blatant errors, accusations, and allegations that have no place in our national debate. Such defamation has consequences for all of us, not the least of which is the effect of diminishing credibility for those organizations. Therefore, we are demanding a retraction of the misleading information in the report," she said.

True the Vote’s attorney, Brock Akers stated: “Even the sources quoted concerning the allegations of voter intimidation indicate there was no finding of impropriety, yet the report’s authors ignored these salient facts. We are hopeful they will take immediate steps to minimize the damage they have done by way of false and defamatory statements.  If the authors chose not to do so, such failure will be evidence of malice and the exposure they will thus face for this conduct will ultimately be judged accordingly.”

"Frankly, we were shocked by the bullying tactics of this report that seeks to characterize our efforts as anything less than beneficial to the public good. If one fraudulent vote is counted, it discounts the legitimate voting power of ordinary Americans," Engelbrecht said.

"Democrats and Republicans hardly agree on anything, but they do agree that voter registration lists are in disarray. And they are right -- our system is vulnerable," Engelbrecht said. According to a report in February 2012 by the Pew Center on the States, more than 1.8 million dead people are currently registered to vote, and 24 million registrations are either invalid or inaccurate.

"What we're doing is ensuring the integrity of the voting process so that the votes of eligible Americans determine who wins or loses this year's elections," she said. "We're working towards common sense safeguards to protect the American voting process."

Engelbrecht noted that 46 states have prosecuted voter fraud within recent years. "There's no denying that voter fraud exists. Even a glance at recent headlines shows voter fraud being committed at the highest levels. In Maryland, Democratic candidate Wendy Rosen withdrew from her congressional race after she was caught committing voter fraud in Maryland and Florida," she said.

In fact, several recent polls indicate that the vast majority of the American public -- 74% -- approve of election process reforms using a range of measures such as photo identification. States, such as Georgia and Indiana, have seen an increase in minority participation at the polls as a result of these measures.

"It is critical that we have faith in the integrity of the election process. Our sole purpose is to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, at a time when we should be unified in our efforts, Common Cause and Demos are trying to distract and divide us from achieving fair and transparent elections for the American people," said Engelbrecht.

 

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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BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The following is a brief summary of false assertions with corrections on the matter:

Claim: "King Street Patriots, through its project True the Vote, was observed intimidating voters at multiple locations serving communities of color during early voting in Harris County. Members of this Tea-Party affiliated group reportedly interfered with voters - allegedly watching them vote, ‘hovering over’ voters, blocking lines, and engaging in confrontational conversations with election workers."

Truth: Rumors of intimidation by True The Vote-trained poll watchers have no basis in jurisprudential or objectively verifiable fact. The report supports their accusations based on news articles - not law enforcement documentation. However, Harris County denies any knowledge or documentation of investigations into the matter.

Claim: "However, True the Vote’s notices are at odds with the very statute they claim to be enforcing, because the NVRA requires that any general list maintenance program resulting in the systematic removal of names of ineligible voters must be completed no later than 90 days before Election Day. The reason such list maintenance programs must be completed at least 90 days before the election is to ensure that removal notices do not confuse eligible voters about their registration status so soon before an election..."

Truth: True The Vote advocates that officials charged with voter roll maintenance adhere to Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Contrary to Common Cause/Demos’ poor comprehension of the law, records can be purged in the case of discovered dead and ineligible (ex. duplicate entries, non-citizens) records any time before an election. Only eligible voters with residency-related challenges are subject to the 90 day pre-election cutoff period.  

Claim: “In the June 2012 Wisconsin recall election, many students reported being challenged by True the Vote poll watchers, as the organization even mocked the students on Twitter.”

Truth: True The Vote has no legal ability to place or coordinate the placement of poll watchers or their local equivalent. Only campaigns, parties, ballot measure advocates and in rare instances, county boards, can place poll watchers. Furthermore, True The Vote never engaged in mockery of students as the report erroneously claims. The specific tweet referenced was regarding a local news article explaining student confusion and the “equal opportunity” disenfranchising of a new 28-day residency requirement.

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