Another “irrational” person willing to risk felony charges to influence an election:

Sullivan County, Indiana councilman Max Judson, who won his 2014 Democrat primary election by just 18 votes, was arrested and charged with one count each of voter fraud and witness tampering. “He faces 25 years if convicted on both crimes.”

The FBI complaint charges Judson with violating federal and state election laws by soliciting a voter to fill out an absentee ballot application who wasn’t eligible to vote in Sullivan County.  Judson admits knowingly doing this, as well as “telling several Voters to be untruthful to the FBI.”

JUDSON further admitted to being present while at least 15 people filled out their Sullivan County Primary absentee ballots. JUDSON stated that on nearly all of these occasions, JUDSON either told these Voters how they should vote or which bubbles to fill in on their ballots. JUDSON admitted that he knew his conduct to be wrong, and that as a candidate he should not have been involved in the voting process.

Also by his own admission, this wasn’t the first time the councilman did wrong, though he “was not sure how many elections he personally assisted Voters with their votes.”

Facing “eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations,” and one count of fabricating evidence, former Connecticut state Rep. Christina Ayala (D-Bridgeport) pleaded guilty to two counts of providing a false statement – lying to state elections investigators – in exchange for a suspended one-year prison sentence.

Between 2009 and 2012, Ayala voted in various Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election and a state primary election in districts other than where she was living at the time, according an investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. She voted in the general election in 2012 in a district where she did not reside.

Also as part of her plea bargain, Ayala agreed not to seek elective office again… for two years. Can Bridgeport voters expect an Ayala 2018 campaign?  They should expect more voter fraud, when their elected officials are given slaps on the wrist for violating election laws multiple times.

10 Largest NC Counties Flagged for Duplicate Voter Registrations

HOUSTON, TX. -- September 28, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released details of an effort to identify and remove duplicate voter registrations in North Carolina’s largest counties by population.

“History has shown that inaccurate voter registries lead to inaccurate elections, yet our research continues to find significant problems in the nation’s registry and very little evidence of active efforts to correct those problems.  Now, ahead of an incredibly consequential 2016 election cycle, True the Vote is thrilled to announce that North Carolina is helping to break a national cycle of carelessness by using TTV research to clean up voter rolls in ten of its largest counties,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “With the support of indefatigable volunteers who work with us to research their local voter registries, in just the past few weeks TTV found thousands of clearly duplicated voter registrations in North Carolina. Our goal now is to collaborate with these NC counties to ensure that legitimate voters are registered once - and only once. From a national perspective, we’re just getting started.”

County

Duplicates

Mecklenburg

1,754

Wake

417

Guilford

493

Forsyth

642

Cumberland

467

Durham

496

Buncombe

142

Gaston

78

New Hanover

347

Union

68

 

 

Flagging Registrations

True the Vote began its review of the 10 largest North Carolina counties in August, ending this week. Each county was sent a spreadsheet detailing the total number of potential duplicate registrations, sorted by “Likely” and “Possible” pairs. Likely pairs tend to have identical name spellings, age and residential addresses – yet show an additional middle name or suffix not found in both records. Possible pairs exhibit fewer correlations, usually due to name spelling or other potential clerical errors.

“Likely” Example:

ID: 123456| Name: Smith, John | Age: 29 | 123 Main Street | Date of Reg.: 6/11/2012

ID: 654321 | Name: Smith, John Adams | Age: 29 | 123 Main Street | Date of Reg.: 10/1/2014

“Possible” Example:

ID: 8675309 | Name: McDougal, Daniel | Age: 35 | 456 1st Street | Date of Reg.: 1/5/1995

ID: 9035768 | Name: Mc Dougal, Daneil | Age: 36 | 456 1st Street | Date of Reg.: 5/7/2007

True the Vote also highlighted thousands of records claiming a voter’s age to exceed 109 years that were not already listed as ‘REMOVED’ or ‘DENIED’ in the county file for further internal review.

Early Maintenance Success

Although True the Vote does not have statutory authority to lay citizen challenges on voter registration files, it is allowed to review maintenance records held by the respective counties in question, according to public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act. As of this release, TTV has been notified that the Guilford County Board of Elections merged or purged a total of 655 duplicate voter registrations upon review of the citizen research. In addition, Mecklenburg, Wake, New Hanover, Cumberland and Forsyth Counties have confirmed to TTV that findings are currently being processed.

True the Vote is currently performing duplicate research surveys in each of the 10 largest counties of Ohio and Colorado in preparation for the 2016 Election.

 

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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California is About to Consider State-Sanctioned Voter Fraud. Is Your State Next?

How many times have you heard the phrase, “Only in California”? While you try not to lose count, you can be sure that actual Californians are also echoing your collective sentiments this week. Sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk is a voter registration bill so bad that TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht sounded off in a press release: “Now, legislators are quite literally asking Gov. Brown to intentionally, systematically push millions of noncitizens onto California’s voter rolls.” In a nutshell, California is looking at making voter registration automatic when receiving or updating a driver’s license. The trouble is, just about ANYONE can have a driver’s license there. Here are the key facts: 1) the CA automatic voter registration bill would operate in tandem with existing law allowing noncitizens to receive driver’s licenses; 2) California’s DMV records are unable to differentiate between U.S. citizen and noncitizens when automatically plugging them into voter rolls; and 3) noncitizens found voting will be protected from prosecution.

True the Vote joined forces with the Election Integrity Project of California (follow EIP-CA on Twitter!) to demand that Gov. Brown allow sanity to intervene and veto AB 1461. Since a decision on the bill must be made by September 28, we need your help. Click here to contact Gov. Brown’s office and demand that he veto AB 1461. Even if you live elsewhere, drop the Governor a line – your voice matters, too. State-sanctioned voter fraud is absolutely unacceptable – especially when the ACLU (the ACLU!) estimates that more than 3 million noncitizens could be registered to vote.

Don’t think it will happen outside of California? Think again. Some states choose not to differentiate between citizens and noncitizens when issuing driver‘s licenses. If Nevada, New Mexico or Vermont were to borrow California’s bill today, they would be protecting noncitizen voters from criminal prosecution as well. Simply put, if we as engaged voters allow this type of policy to break containment from California, we will only have ourselves to blame. Take a stand today.

 

Elections Have Always Affected Immigration Policy. But is the Reverse Also Proving True?

Judicial Watch, long-time friends of TTV, hosted a critical policy panel focusing on immigration this week in D.C., with particular focus on the increasingly intertwined relationship with election law.  A video of the event is available for replay here. Veteran TTV litigator J. Christian Adams joined the discussion around the 34-minute mark to draw a national picture on the status of secure elections amidst a lawless immigration backdrop.  One important point Christian made was:

“In trying to understand the immigration issue and how it relates to elections, you can only understand the immigration issue through understanding elections.  The worst is the long game that the institutional left always plays.  It’s about changing the electorate  ...  It’s not about stealing an election or two  ... It is about changing what America is.”

Take some time to watch the entire discussion here.

 

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During September, True the Vote scheduled two conference calls featuring nationally renowned experts in the election integrity and political law fields. The remaining call will be held on September 29 when Public Interest Legal Foundation General Counsel J. Christian Adams will take us inside the fight against bloated voter rolls across the country. Start time is Noon CDT. Sign up now; space is limited!

If you couldn’t listen in earlier this week when we discussed the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century with Heritage Foundation Fellow Hans von Spakovsky, don’t worry. You can catch the replay here.

 

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"Too Many People? Counties Respond to Letters Saying Voting Rolls Are Bloated"

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Props from the Election Academy:

"In recent weeks, counties across the nation have been receiving letters from two voting integrity organizations alerting them to the fact that they have more registered voters than voting age residents. The Public Interest Legal Foundation and True The Vote say that these numbers indicate that election officials aren’t doing enough to maintain the rolls properly and are suggesting they might sue to ensure the door isn’t opened to fraud. The Omaha-World Herald has more".

AB 1461 Will Lead to ‘State Sanctioned’ Voter Fraud

Key Highlights

  • Bad Timing: CA automatic voter registration bill would operate in tandem with existing law allowing noncitizens to receive driver licenses
  • Bad Data Practices: California’s DMV records are unable to differentiate between U.S. citizen and noncitizens when automatically plugging them into voter rolls
  • Sanctioning Fraud: Noncitizens found voting will be excused from prosecution
  • Universal Concern: TTV, EIP-CA, ACLU, AAAJ and others agree that millions of votes could be wrongfully cast

 

HOUSTON, TX. / LOS ANGELES, CA. -- September 21, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization and the Election Integrity Project of California, a nonpartisan citizen group dedicated to improving California’s elections, today called on Governor Jerry Brown to veto AB 1461, the California New Motor Voter Program.

After months of study and communication with lawmakers and state agencies alike, the election integrity organizations demand that AB 1461 be vetoed.

This bill is terrible. It makes an already bad situation much, much worse,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The California New Motor Voter Program promises to improve voter participation by automatically registering CA-DMV customers to vote.  What’s been conveniently overlooked is that California’s registration databases lack the necessary safeguards to keep non-citizens off the voter rolls. Now, legislators are quite literally asking Gov. Brown to intentionally, systematically, push millions of non-citizens onto California’s voter rolls.”

“AB 1461 will effectively change the form of governance in California from a Republic whose elected officials are determined by United States citizens and will guarantee that noncitizens will be the deciding factor in all California elections going forward,” Election Integrity Project of California President Linda Paine said. “The Secretary of State has ignored the concerns of citizens for many years, so it is not surprising that this office supports a bill that facilitates noncitizens to register and vote with prosecutorial immunity. We call on Governor Brown to veto this brazen attempt to completely break down the integrity of California’s election process to the point that it cannot be repaired.”

Confusing U.S. Citizens with Noncitizens

Unlike the few other states that have opted for or are considering automatic voter registration through driver license agencies, pre-existing California law (AB 60) allows for the issuance of driver’s licenses to noncitizens regardless of ability to prove legal presence. Recent estimates provided by CA-DMV claim nearly 700,000 individuals had taken advantage of the new licensing privileges since first offered in January 2015.

During interviews with TTV research staff, the CA-DMV Legal Affairs Division explained that the agency’s licensing records were not designed to differentiate noncitizen drivers from U.S. citizens, nor were there plans to create a stand-alone list of AB 60 recipients. Simply put, other offices, such as the California Secretary of State, would not be readily able to discern voter eligibility relying on incoming CA-DMV database records. As a contrast, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration explained to TTV that noncitizen drivers were easily identified in their database thanks to unique indicators.[1]

State-Sanctioned Fraud

In previous versions of AB 1461, the bill required that the CA-DMV transmit “the document code or equivalent identifier associated with the document the person provided to prove that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law and that the applicant is a citizen of the United States” to statewide voter registration officials during the automation process. The bill currently on Governor Brown’s desk now contains no such language, as it was stripped prior to enrollment.[2] Further, the current bill provides the sole responsibility of ensuring that only U.S. citizens are registered to vote be placed with the Secretary of State – forcing voter registrars to sift through six-figure sums of applications without clear citizenship indicators.[3]   

Finally, AB 1461 Section 2269 protects ineligible voters from criminal prosecution:

“If a person who is ineligible to vote becomes registered to vote pursuant to this chapter and votes or attempts to vote in an election held after the effective date of the person’s registration, that person shall be presumed to have acted with official authorization and shall not be guilty of fraudulently voting or attempting to vote pursuant to Section 18560, unless that person willfully votes or attempts to vote knowing that he or she is not entitled to vote.”

Widespread Concern for AB 1461

True the Vote and the Election Integrity Project of California are not alone in demanding AB 1461 be vetoed due to heightened concerns of noncitizen votes diluting the value of legal ones. The California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice have both spoken against the bill over concerns that the millions of noncitizens residing in the state could be mistaken for U.S. citizens and participate in elections.[4]

“Governor Brown has a very simple decision to make,” TTV Founder Engelbrecht added. He can veto a bill that facilitates widespread election fraud or he can rubber-stamp a measure that decimates whatever faith is still left in California’s election system. The choice should be clear.”

 

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.

EIP is a nonpartisan, group of U.S. and California citizen volunteers seeking to fulfill our duty to actively participate in the governing of our state/country by helping to ensure the integrity of the voting process which protects our freedoms and way of life. EIP volunteers seek to protect a government of, by, and for the people by maintaining an active role in that part of government which empowers us with the most fundamental right of a Constitutional Republic ~ the right to choose our representatives by vote. To learn more, visit www.electionintegrityproject.com

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[1] Email conversation with MVA External Affairs Division, May 20, 2015

[2] Sec. 2263(b)(1)(E)

[3] Sec. 2262(b)

[4] California Senate Standing Committee on Transportation and Housing, July 14, 2015

“Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores was named the winner of the May Democratic primary Friday after Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski threw out five votes that he determined had been cast for Flores’ opponent, Ryan Horn. The final vote tally after Betleski removed those five votes was 152 votes for Flores, who serves the city’s 2nd Ward, and 148 for Horn…

“At a hearing earlier this month, Betleski said he found that nine of the people who voted in the race were ineligible for various reasons, including not living at the addresses they gave to the elections board.”

The judge and Flores’ attorney Gerald Phillips agree that further action is warranted.  “Phillips said after the hearing that ensuring the sanctity of fair elections is vital to democracy and if there aren’t consequences for people who break the public trust and vote illegally there will be nothing to deter other people from doing so. Betleski has said he will write a letter to county Prosecutor Dennis Will explaining his findings and requesting a criminal investigation.”

It wouldn’t be the first time Lorain prosecuted a case of voter fraud involving illegal voting at the wrong address.

Flores himself, having felt first-hand the impact of fraudulent voting, says “his experience with this election convinced him of the need to increase scrutiny of who is voting, including voter ID laws, something most Democrats oppose because they contend it will limit who has access to the ballot box.”

Let’s Get Social about Voters’ Rights

Before, during and after the Republican presidential debate on CNN this week, True the Vote took the opportunity to stoke conversations on social media about the state of our elections as we approach primary voting and November 2016. Our goal was to try to cut through the typically snarky Twitter and Facebook chatter to encourage voters – regardless of whom they support – to challenge their preferred candidates to take a stand for election integrity measures and get specific about how ballot security will be achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the end of the night, TTV had connected with more than 7 million Twitter users about these issues – but the conversation can’t end there. True the Vote urges you to keep this going and ask the candidates tough questions about their plans to protect your ballot. Using the hashtag #VotersRights and mentioning @TrueTheVote, hop on Twitter and start talking. Here’s a list of all declared presidential candidates on Twitter…

R’s: Kerry Bowers, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Dale Christiansen, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Brooks Cullison, John Drummett Jr., Mark Everson, Carly Fiorina, James Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Bartholomew James Lower, Andy Martin, James C. Mitchell Jr., K. Ross Newland, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Michael Petyo, Marco Rubio, Brian Russell, Rick Santorum, Jefferson Sherman, Donald Trump, Scott Walker

D’s: Morrison Bonpasse, Jeff Boss, Harry Braun, Andy Caffrey, Willie Carter, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Cody Robert Judy, Lloyd Kelso, Larry Lessig, Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, Doug Shreffler, Jim Webb, Robby Wells, Willie Wilson, Brad Winslow

 

Kansas Prepping New Voter Fraud Prosecutions

If you want to look for cutting-edge techniques designed to protect your rights as a voter, look no further than Kansas. Earlier this year, the KS Legislature empowered the Office of Secretary of State (KSOS) to directly prosecute violations of election law unilaterally or where local jurisdictions may not have ample resources to do the same. This week, Sec. Kris Kobach announced that a number of cases are going to be unveiled soon, according to a recent Kansas Public Radio report. This news comes only a few months after the KSOS revamped its citizen-reporting website for voter fraud. Don’t live in the Sunflower State and are curious if you have something similar? Check out the TTV website to learn about laws and services in your neck of the woods.

 

Sign Up for TTV’s Fall Lunch & Learn Series

This September, True the Vote has scheduled two conference calls featuring nationally renowned experts in the election integrity and political law fields. On September 22, Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky will walk us through how the Voting Rights Act (currently enjoying its 50th anniversary) should be enforced in the 21st Century. On September 29, Public Interest Legal Foundation General Counsel J. Christian Adams will take us inside the fight against bloated voter rolls across the country. All start times are Noon CDT. Sign up now; space is limited!

 

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