Via KING 5: “For days after the shooting, Cetin was described by local and federal law enforcement as being a permanent U.S. resident… On Thursday, a federal official told KING that further investigation revealed that Cetin is a naturalized U.S. citizen. That means he was legally registered to vote.”

But Cetin’s eligibility was unknown, unverified and unverifiable at the time he registered and voted, as is the eligibility of every other registered voter in the state of Washington.

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman acknowledged that “current state law doesn’t allow us to verify citizenship when we take a voter’s registration… We don’t have the ability to verify citizenship, nor does the Department of Licensing,” and “there is absolutely no way for us to check” how many non-citizens are on the state’s voter rolls.

Regardless of Cetin’s status, that’s still a problem.

True the Vote discovered earlier this week that Turkish mall shooter Arcan Cetin illegally registered to vote in 2014 and has voted in multiple federal elections since. TTV has notified the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission accordingly. Copies of open letters may be accessed below.

2016.9.25 Cetin Complaint by True The Vote on Scribd

 

 

2016.9.29 EAC Cetin by True The Vote on Scribd

 

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Who’s Watching the Mail Ballot Process? You Can.

Among numerous growing concerns: mail ballot fraud is on the rise; voter roll cleanups are delayed at best; and more states are encouraging voters to trust the USPS with their franchise. Voting by mail is getting more popular. But are observers of the same following the trend? TTV doesn’t think so – but we have a solution.

This week, True the Vote released two new training modules for those wishing to keep a closer eye on the mail ballot process. No matter where you live or how popular the concept is, guidance is now available to get you started. Especially helpful for those who live in Colorado -- a specific course is available for you.

The process to engage is simple: create an account or log into an existing one with the TTV Knowledge Network here. While you’re there, take a look around at our other offerings!

Convert your concerns for election integrity into action today. If you don’t, who will?

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to address your next event!

Watch the September 2016 National Webinar Replay

This month we discussed the value of a new form of election observation: vote by mail. Yes, you can actually keep your eyes on that process, too! If you missed the webinar, you can access a replay, here.

Engelbrecht: Voter ID Dissenters are Basic Alinsky Agitators

True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht cut through the noise this week with respect to those who fight against voter ID and similar reforms with Breitbart News. She argued that court fights are less about civil rights and more focused on fomenting division: “The whole debate about Voter ID is really just designed to elicit an emotional response. It’s really a classic Alinsky tactic that “the thing is not the thing.” It’s a shell game. And that’s what Voter ID is being trumped up to be. It’s sad because it does have a negative impact – not only on election integrity as a whole – but also it continues to undermine the confidence of the electorate, and that really is in the longer term more dangerous, because a disengaged electorate truly means a runaway government.” You can check out the full interview here.

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

In a veto session today, Missouri lawmakers again approved a photo voter ID bill, overriding Democrat Governor Jay Nixon’s veto. The House voted 115-41 in favor; the Senate 24-7.

House Bill 1631 requires state residents present valid, government-issued identification to election officials before they’re allowed to cast votes. The requirement isn’t absolute: Citizens could sign a statement pledging that they have no such identification, and would then be allowed to vote.

The measure faces one more hurdle in the November general election, when Missourians will be asked to consider Constitutional Amendment 6, which allows for voter ID requirements. If voters reject the amendment, the law passed Wednesday could be at risk if challenged in court.

Golden Week stays gone:

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an attempt by the Ohio Democratic Party to reinstate Ohio’s so-called Golden Week.

The ruling Sept. 13 means eligible voters in the state will not be allowed to register and cast ballots on the same day when Ohio’s absentee voting period for the presidential election begins next month.

The hacking threat to polling places is less than advertised. It’s no excuse for a federal takeover of the election process.

Via WSJ:

If everyone understood how decentralized the election process is and the way the current election system is organized, they’d realize how mistaken it would be to call in the feds…

This could be the first step in federalizing election administration. An Obama administration that has already attacked election-integrity reforms across the country by filing lawsuits against common-sense voter ID laws, and has disputed state rules on early voting and same-day registration (or the lack thereof), could use the hacker threat as an excuse to try to dictate what states should and shouldn’t do when they are exercising their constitutional authority to run elections. That is a greater danger than any Russian hackers.

In a 2-1 split decision, the DC Circuit reversed a district court ruling and allowed a preliminary injunction barring Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia from including a proof of citizenship requirement on federal voter registration forms.

For now, that means voters are on the honor system, with no need to verify that they are eligible U.S. citizens beyond checking a box. From the opinion:

Neither this preliminary injunction nor a final judgment would forbid the Commission from including a proof-of-citizenship requirement if it determined that such a requirement was necessary to “effectuate [the States’] citizenship requirement[s].”

Another election outcome affected by voter fraud:  Circuit Judge Rex Burlison overturned the August 2 Democratic primary election for Missouri’s District 78 state representative seat, which was decided by just 90 votes, and ordered a new election.

The review by the state’s top election official was prompted by an ongoing Post-Dispatch investigation, showing repeated irregularities in the absentee balloting process. And it comes as Joyce’s office launches a grand jury investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing associated with the election.

As part of the review, Kander’s office contacted those who were quoted in an Aug. 31 Post-Dispatch article, including voter Thelma Williams, who told the newspaper she had no idea why multiple absentee ballot applications were filled out in her name. Kander’s office also talked with Patricia Bingham, a former Election Board employee who told the Post-Dispatch that Hubbard’s husband, Rodney Sr., or someone from the Hubbard campaign, would often bring in stacks of absentee ballots to the Election Board office.

Under the board’s procedures, only one walk-in ballot is to be accepted at a time, and it must be brought into the office by a relative.

On Friday, Burlison ordered a new election, saying that “the court is firmly convinced” that absentee ballot irregularities “affected the outcome of the election.”

Only four states have laws on the books requiring proof of citizenship before registering voters. Kansas is one of them, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is fighting in court to maintain that commonsense safeguard against ineligible non-citizens affecting the outcome of the state’s elections.

“There is a huge potential for aliens’ votes to swing a close election,” Kobach told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “Even if it’s just a handful of votes, it’s still a huge injustice. Every time an alien votes, it effectively cancels out a vote of a U.S. citizen.”

Plaintiffs in the case, The ACLU, League of Women Voters, et al take the fraud-friendly position that simply signing an affidavit “under penalty of perjury” provides adequate “proof of citizenship” for voter registration purposes – and specifically for voters registering at the DMV. Kobach disagrees.

“If a state wants to ask for proof of citizenship, nothing in the law prevents it,” Kobach said. “The absurdity of the legal argument that the ACLU is advancing is this notion that Congress intended to present a special privilege for people registering to vote at the DMV that other people don’t get to enjoy.”

Obtaining proof of citizenship before registering voters is hardly a new strategy for preventing illegal voting. The 2005 Report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform recommended it (along with photo voter ID): “The right to vote is a vital component of U.S. citizenship, and all states should use their best efforts to obtain proof of citizenship before registering voters.”

“This about the rule of law,” Kobach said. “We have law-breaking when it comes to elections, and solving the problem is not difficult.”

This is what a cover-up directed by state election officials looks like.

If non-citizens commit voter fraud, but no one prosecutes them, is such fraud a “myth”? That’s the myth the anti-election integrity crowd peddles, especially about voter registration fraud, which they dismiss as harmless “mistakes” that can’t possibly compromise election outcomes.

But they’re wrong. Voter registration fraud is a serious crime. “Falsely claiming to be a citizen on a voter registration form is a felony that violates three different federal statutes.” Why? Because once registered, ineligible non-citizens can – and do – vote. And when illegally-registered non-citizens cast votes (and what’s to stop them if they don’t have to show an ID that also verifies citizenship?), that’s a strict liability federal offense – no intent required.

It’s also a felony under Virginia law.  Yet like most states, Virginia “takes no steps of any kind to verify the citizenship status of voter registrants.”  So are ineligible non-citizens illegally registering and voting in Virginia? That’s what a lawsuit filed against the City of Alexandria’s voter registrar is finding out:

Among the items they discovered was a list containing several hundred registrants who had been removed from the voter rolls because they were not U.S. citizens…

The Alliance was not able to determine exactly how many of those non-citizens had illegally voted before being dropped from the voter list. In a letter to the Public Interest Legal Foundation, the city’s attorney subsequently claimed that the voter history of non-citizens who are removed from the voter rolls is not subject to the public records inspection provision of the NVRA. In other words, they are trying to hide whether non-citizens illegally voted…

What we have here are several hundred cases of voter fraud in just one Virginia city that won’t appear in any public reports when there are discussions and debates about voter fraud.

It’s not just Alexandria. The indifference to and concealment of fraud extends to other Virginia counties. Prince William County identified more than 400 non-citizens who had illegally registered and were later removed from the voter rolls, with no indication they were referred for prosecution. Other counties simply refused to provide information.

This is what a cover-up directed by state election officials looks like. They are trying to hide hundreds, if not thousands, of instances of voter fraud that occurred on their watch…

We have no idea how many other non-citizens remain undetected in the voter rolls of Virginia, a purple state where the outcome of the November election is still in doubt, and where the state takes no steps of any kind to verify the citizenship status of voter registrants.

It’s not just Virginia, either. Earlier this year, charges were dismissed against a Jamaican citizen who admitted illegally voting twice in North Carolina after signing “under penalty of perjury” a voter registration form on which he claimed to be a U.S. citizen. So much for the risk of felony convictions deterring fraudulent voting.

Yet that same honor system is exactly what U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson thinks Kansas and other states should rely on as proof of voters’ citizenship, ruling in May that “an attestation of citizenship coupled with the applicant’s signature under penalty of perjury” is a sufficient method for states “to assess whether applicants meet the citizenship eligibility requirement” and prevent fraudulent voting by non-citizens. Clearly, it is not.

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