Election integrity organization demands retraction about misstatements made by Rep. Cummings on national television

HOUSTON, TX. October 29, 2012 -- True the Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today formally demanded that Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings retract a series of false statements made about the group repeatedly by him last week on the cable news network, MSNBC.

The October 29, 2012 letter from True the Vote’s attorney, Brock Akers stated, “We are shocked at your comments on ‘The Ed Show’ of MSNBC, which you either know not to be true or have done nothing to assure their accuracy. We had higher hopes for you as an otherwise respected Member of Congress.”

Akers continued, “Each and every one of these allegations is categorically false, has no basis in truth, and is not anything...other than a conjured allegation of some individual seeking to distort reality. This defamation per se is shameful.  Without so much as the common courtesy to meet with Ms. Engelbrecht, where you could have quickly learned how off track your allegations are and have been, you instead go on national television and call this group names and cast them in the most unflattering light possible.” 

True the Vote continues to offer to meet in order to brief Rep. Cummings and his staff, yet demands a full and public retraction of recent false statements on MSNBC.

The letter has been made available for viewing here.

 

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. October 24, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today raises awareness to a new investigation by Project Veritas demonstrating an incumbent congressional campaign’s willingness to violate Virginia’s new voter identification laws.

An undercover investigation evidenced incumbent Congressman Jim Moran’s (VA-08) field director and son, Patrick Moran, coaching a volunteer how to commit large scale impersonation voter fraud with fraudulent or intercepted bank statements and utility bills in the names of registered voters.

Virginia Election Code, specifically § 24.2-643(B) requires, “Commonwealth of Virginia voter registration card, his social security card, his valid Virginia driver's license, his concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to § 18.2-308, or any other identification card issued by a government agency of the Commonwealth…a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.”

“I understand that the stakes are high for campaigns in states like Virginia and Ohio, but the willingness to skirt election law for political gain is unacceptable,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The Commonwealth of Virginia’s voter identification law protects an individual’s right to vote even if they do not hold photo documentation. When a campaign’s leadership is open to finding ways around the rules, they must be exposed. Valid voter registration records and utility bills are not the playthings of political campaigns.”

View the video here:

http://youtu.be/gT77qP2Nai8

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. October 18, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today commended Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s decision to forward TTV’s early findings of interstate voter fraud to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to the Associated Press.

“This is a significant development in Florida that reflects progress in the effort to prevent interstate voter fraud by absentee ballot,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The State of Florida has set a strong example for election authorities to combat voter fraud across the nation. This case also demonstrates the key role citizens should play to better ensure election integrity. As voters prepare to cast their ballots, they should remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony conviction.”

Upon receiving formal complaints by True The Vote, Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis’ office announced their coordination with legal counterparts in Tallahassee, according to the Providence Journal. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner’s office acknowledged the citizen findings in the Orlando Sentinel and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as well.

True The Vote began a new research initiative focused on mapping the absentee voter relationships across the nation in September. Samples of voter registration records cross-referenced between portions of New York, Florida, Ohio and Rhode Island yielded 99 cases of interstate voter fraud, with voters casting ballots in two states simultaneously in a single election. True The Vote is currently performing final verification efforts on an additional 800 voters before submitting records to appropriate authorities.

 

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. October 13, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today issued the following statement regarding the Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights’ recent defaming statements against TTV volunteers in North Carolina.

“It's unfortunate to see divisive tactics like opposition research being performed on private citizens,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Coordinated efforts to bully residents engaged in executing their rights to observe elections (NC § 163‑45) and ensure accurate voter rolls (NC § 163‑85) are reprehensible. Critics would be wise to know their efforts to suppress citizen engagement only boosts interest and involvement. True The Vote stands ready to assist targeted individuals in correcting all defaming accusations to the fullest extent of the law.”

 

BACKGROUND FACTS

---True The Vote has no legal authority to place election observers in North Carolina (NC § 163‑45).

---True The Vote has no legal power to remove individuals from voter rolls.

---All challenges to voter rolls in North Carolina are offered by residents of designated counties as state law requires (NC § 163‑85).

---True The Vote, nor any affiliated individual have ever been charged with any form of voter intimidation.

---77 percent of Americans support voter ID laws according to PEW Research.

 

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. October 12, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today issued the following statement regarding the investigation into alleged interstate voter fraud by Fort Bend County Commissioner Candidate, Bruce Fleming.

“Allegations of interstate voter fraud cannot be offered lightly,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Over the past weeks, True The Vote has investigated and turned over evidence of 99 cases of voters casting ballots from two states in a single election. Although the process can take considerable time, it is imperative that records direct from states indicate perfect matches of full name, birth date and voting histories. Utilizing voter data and history from third party sources can prove troubling, leading to false positives.

“True The Vote never releases the identity or any identifying details of individuals that are alleged to have committed interstate voter fraud prior to a conviction. Given the public nature of this case, True The Vote calls on any party with direct evidence of Mr. Fleming’s alleged interstate fraud to release their findings. Clarifying whether evidence was obtained direct from the States of Texas and Pennsylvania will not only save precious time for voters before making their decision, but provide an excellent example for other interested citizens wishing to stop voter fraud in their communities.

“This should not be a partisan matter. Allowing affected Fort Bend County voters the ability to review the facts not only improves accountability, but due process under the law. Should these allegations prove true, it must serve as yet another reminder 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. October 10, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today congratulated Attorney General Alan Wilson and the citizens of South Carolina after their voter identification law was approved by the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C.

“South Carolina joins an upstanding, growing number of states that successfully adopted voter ID laws,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “South Carolina’s law sets an excellent example for other states to follow. It is possible to have voter identification requirements while making certain that no eligible voter is kept from participating in the process. Today’s decision contributes to the already established legal precedent that supports voter ID – we encourage others to follow the Palmetto State’s path.”

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson promoted the benefits of the decision: “Today's ruling by the three judge panel is a major victory for South Carolina and its election process. It affirms our voter ID law is valid and constitutional under the Voting Rights Act. The fact remains, voter ID laws do not discriminate or disenfranchise; they ensure integrity at the ballot box.”

 

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. October 5, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, formally responded to Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings’ factually bankrupt allegations today in an open letter.

“As stated in a letter dated October 1 to your colleague Senator Barbara Boxer, I believe we agree on many common goals, such as the right of every American to have the opportunity to participate in a fair and legal electoral process,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “As an esteemed Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it is important that you are apprised of all the facts. Your open letter dated yesterday and comments to CNN this morning demonstrate a second-hand knowledge or poor staff- researched understanding of our organization’s activities.”

Engelbrecht raised awareness to ongoing concerns regarding election integrity, stating, “Election integrity is a serious concern across the nation – the state of Maryland is no exception. In this year alone, as reported by The Washington Post, a federal congressional candidate seeking to join Maryland’s Congressional Delegation was forced to resign from her race by Democratic Party officials after alleged felony double voting was uncovered in her voting history. This week, True The Vote turned over 99 similar cases to authorities in New York, Ohio, Florida and Rhode Island.”

Finally, Engelbrecht offered to help resolve the issue quickly: “It is both obvious and unfortunate that you are not familiar with all of the details of the mission or methods of True the Vote.  This letter serves as an effort to coordinate a convenient meeting time in your Washington, D.C. office, during which I can brief you and your staff about our program and help dispel any misconceptions you may have.”  

The open letter has been made available to all interested parties here.

 

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. October 2, 2012 -- True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today announces new research findings of voter fraud in Ohio, Florida, New York and Rhode Island. The Offices of Florida, Ohio and Rhode Island Secretaries 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.

“Our initial belief that we had uncovered only the tip of the iceberg continues to be reinforced,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Pew Research’s finding that 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state continues to ring true. Unfortunately, we keep seeing more people possibly voting illegally. It’s important for voters to remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony conviction. While some will no doubt commit the same fraud this year, we can find them in a matter of months. True The Vote calls on Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Ohio and federal officials to investigate and confirm our latest research.”

Ohio & Florida

Similar to last week’s findings of voters committing interstate absentee ballot fraud, True The Vote cross-referenced entire voter registration lists between Ohio and Florida and alerted appropriate authorities to voters with matching full names, birthdates, addresses and voting histories demonstrating ballots cast in multiple states in a single federal election.  

True The Vote found more than 19,000 Ohio voters claiming Florida mailing addresses, according to state records. More than 6,390 people hold registrations in both states. True The Vote identified 534 individuals allegedly casting ballots in both Ohio and Florida. Today 34 cases were turned over to federal and state authorities.

“To his credit, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has indicated he is taking steps to address the situation with respect to voter roll maintenance,” Engelbrecht said. “However, these findings are particularly troubling given Ohio’s wholesale approach to dispensing absentee ballots for all this year. This combination of poor voter roll maintenance, emerging evidence of interstate fraud and Ohio’s new policy of absentee voting for all could create a perfect storm. The last thing we want is a repeat of the 2000 Election – this time by mail.”

New York & Florida

True The Vote offers new findings of absentee voter fraud between New York and Florida. Citing a new sample of less than one (1) percent of upstate New York voters, TTV found 48,630 voters claiming Florida mailing addresses. Of that sample, more than 19,000 are registered to vote in both states. Today federal and state officials were alerted to 32 new cases of interstate fraud between the Empire and Sunshine States.

Rhode Island & Florida

True The Vote also reports instances of voter fraud between Rhode Island and Florida. After the comprehensive cross-reference process, TTV found 53 Rhode Island voters claimed Florida addresses. More than 15 are currently registered in both states, with two (2) having voted.

Federal and state laws were potentially violated as a result of these activities. Ohio, New York, Rhode Island and Florida each 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.

 

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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