Get Trained as a Poll Watcher TODAY

You can now get trained using the True the Vote website. Getting ready for November is simple – follow the four-step guide found at “Poll Watcher Training” on our site to get placed in a poll near you. And, of course, we urge you to share this info and the website with your friends! Click here to get started.

 

IRS Case Update

As True the Vote attorney Cleta Mitchell mentioned during the October national call last week, a new filing was put before the Court which offered supplemental authority to True the Vote’s claims against the IRS under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The D.C. Federal District Court still has not ruled on whether the IRS’ motions to dismiss our case should be granted.

To read a copy of the new filing, click here.

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5th Circuit Reverses Texas Voter ID Ruling

There’s a saying around Texas that goes, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait until tomorrow.” Last week a federal district court judge saw fit to strike down Texas’ voter ID law, finding it to be discriminatory. After appeal to the 5th Circuit this week, however, the requirement is back on track for the 2014 Election only. The rationale for reinstating Voter ID was that changing the requirement too soon before said election was bound to cause chaos. As expected, the DOJ appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, so the fun continues. As it stands now, Texas voters WILL SHOW VOTER ID when early voting begins next week.

 

U.S. 7th Circuit Name-Drops True the Vote

A curious thing happened late last week. Despite True the Vote’s zero involvement in the Wisconsin voter ID litigation, we managed to get dragged in anyway thanks to a 7th Circuit justice’s dissent. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Judge Richard A. Posner noted some of TTV’s evidence of voter fraud to be “goofy” and “paranoid” when discussing the need for voter ID laws. Despite the fact that TTV had no real avenue to respond in kind to Posner’s rhetoric, the following statement was provided to the Milwaukee paper: “Given the highly contentious atmosphere in the 7th Circuit surrounding this issue right now, it would seem predictable that rhetoric would decline into pettiness. But for a federal justice to intentionally disparage a nonpartisan educational organization with no registered interest as a party or amicus filing to the lawsuit is another matter altogether. Prior to True the Vote’s founding, concerned citizens had little to no opportunity to come together and discuss what they were experiencing at the polls and seek further education. While voters’ reports of occurrences witnessed ranged from completely legal to disturbingly illegal, they had a resource to call upon all the same. If such exercise of the First Amendment by True the Vote is therefore worthy of Justice Posner’s unprompted scorn, then consider this emblematic of the increasingly fractured relationship between the federal government and the People it claims to serve."

 

TTV Participates in Heritage Foundation Panel on Election Integrity

TTV President Catherine Engelbrecht was in Washington this week, taking part in a Heritage Foundation panel discussion about how states and citizen groups can advance the cause for voters’ rights. Engelbrecht joined Kansas and Colorado Secretaries of State Kris Kobach and Scott Gessler, respectively. Heritage Foundation election law expert Hans A. von Spakovsky hosted the event. You can now replay the full discussion here.

Voter ID is supported by large majorities of Americans.  In fact, polls show it is supported by nearly every demographic subset: whites, blacks, Hispanics, Republicans and Democrats.  All support voter ID by majority numbers.  According to polling data the only demographic that opposes Voter Id is white liberals.

You can see a manifestation of this disparity on the editorial pages of American newspapers.  Editorial pages are frequent critics because, you guessed it, most of them are run by white liberals. The disparity in support between the white liberals running editorial pages and the rest of America frequently manifests in letters to the editor on the same editorial page.

Here’s the latest example from the Fond du Lac Reporter’s editorial page:

Another headline about voter ID. Don’t try to tell me that 300,000 people in Wisconsin won’t be able to vote. Does this same number not buy cigarettes, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, etc? All require an ID.

I had to show an ID this summer when I paid my granddaughter’s book bill at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac campus as I used a debit card.

I’m sure the money being spent on this issue could be used elsewhere, maybe education which these groups constantly cry we’re not giving enough money. I have no respect for these groups involved in keeping the voter ID law out of voting. They must like voter fraud.

Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller is more in sync with the rest of America than most editorial page editors.

“What’s wrong with some reasonable — non-discriminatory, may it please the court — measures meant to encourage turnout chiefly by those who exert themselves when turning out? What is the matter with some minimal formality, such as producing on demand a photo that verifies identity? The Texas photo ID law rebuked by an Obama-appointed federal judge as “an unconstitutional poll tax” permits the tendering of ID in various forms, including a citizenship certificate, a military ID card, and a concealed handgun license. That hardly strikes me (though I am not a federal judge) as troublesome or vexatious.”

American Spectator.

Add to the long list of reason vote by mail is a bad idea:

“In a conference in Sacramento today, UC Davis researcher Mindy Romero will present her latest data showing that 2.9 percent of the vote-by-mail ballots cast in the June primary went uncounted. That amounts to 91,000 ballots. In the 2012 election, 1 percent of the mailed-in ballots went uncounted. That equated to 69,000 ballots.”

Sac Bee

The 5th Circuit decides it’s too close to the election to change the rules.  Texas early voting starts October 20.

Get Trained as a Poll Watcher TODAY

Do you want to serve as a new poll watcher in your community this year? Or are you feeling a little rusty from 2012? You can now get trained at the True the Vote website today. Getting ready for November is simple – follow the four-step guide to get placed in a poll near you. And, of course, share this info and the website with your friends! Click here to get started.

 

North Carolina/Texas/Wisconsin Litigation Crash Course

Feeling a bit of whiplash trying to keep tabs on all the federal lawsuits involving election integrity before November? TTV has you covered.

North Carolina: The State of North Carolina ultimately prevailed before the U.S. Supreme Court, and it will be allowed to fully enforce its omnibus election integrity package in time for Election Day next month. Simply put: NO same-day registration; NO out-of-precinct voting; early voting WILL be adjusted to begin Oct. 23 to November 1; expanded poll observer/challenger placement is a GO; and voter ID rollout is ON SCHEDULE.  That means it’s all good news for citizens of the Tarheel State.

Wisconsin: The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) blocked enforcement of the voter ID law for the 2014 Election. Let’s backup to review how we got here. The federal district court found the law unconstitutional. A 3-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the ruling, noting that the State made great strides to help voters ahead of the election. Then, the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reassessed and ultimately deadlocked. Thursday night’s Supreme Court ruling takes the law off the books until November 5, 2014, unless the deadlock at the appeals level breaks either way. 

Texas: Last but not least, the big news: Texas’ voter ID law was ruled unconstitutional, discriminatory, a poll tax and worthy of dragging the state back under DOJ preclearance by a district court judge in Corpus Christi. But don’t rosin your bow just yet. Texas was really playing past the district court level all along. The next stop is the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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4 Things You Can Do Before Election Day

Election season is finally here -- people are tuning into news sources other than TMZ; opinion polls are tightening; and your television is likely infected with attack ads. While you may have your mind made up about the candidates you’ll vote for, there is still plenty of work to be done in this election.  No matter where you live, there are four things you should consider doing to get ready for the 2014 General Election.

  1. Tell your county/local official you want to become a poll worker. A number of state websites offer detailed, official guidelines for getting involved.  Those states include: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, VT, WV, WI, WY.  If your state is not listed, check your local county/parish website for specific details.
  2. Get trained to become a poll watcher today. Visit the True the Vote website to get started.
  3. Get voter-ID ready. Check the TTV map on our Resources page to find your local requirements.
  4. Check for early voting availability in your state. Check out this website for a breakdown of the law in your neck of the woods.

 

October National Conference Call Replay

Last night True the Vote hosted its monthly national conference call for October to discuss the latest developments in the IRS lawsuit, new election integrity tools and more. If you could not join us for the call, don’t worry – you can catch a replay here. Keep a close eye on future emails promoting upcoming calls. Then, register to join in!

EDWIN MEESE III CENTER FOR LEGAL AND JUDICIAL STUDIES
Invites you to attend or tune in live at heritage.org

Keeping Elections Honest:
How States Can Protect Your Vote
#OurConstitution

Featuring
Catherine Engelbrecht
President, True the Vote

The Honorable Scott Gessler
Secretary of State, State of Colorado

The Honorable Kris Kobach
Secretary of State, State of Kansas

Host:
Hans A. von Spakovsky
Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

The United States has a long history of voter fraud that has been documented by historians and journalists. Such fraud can make the difference in a close election, and we have many elections – particularly at the local and state level – that are decided by a very small number of votes. Every American citizen who is eligible should be able to vote, but it is equally important that every citizen’s vote not be diluted or stolen through fraud, especially fraud that could change the outcome of an election. Election integrity is fundamental to securing free and fair elections, which are the key to preserving our democracy. Is your vote in the upcoming election safe? What steps have been taken by election officials to ensure the integrity of the voting and election process? How accurate are our voter registration rolls? What are the responsibilities of state versus federal officials when it comes to protecting the franchise? What problems can we expect?

Join us as our panel of chief state election officials and the head of a citizens group dedicated to election integrity discuss these issues, moderated by a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission.

Tuesday, October 14, at noon
The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

The Supreme Court has dealt a blow to efforts to fundamentally transform Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Some groups have been trying graft a disparate impact theory onto the law. They’ve run into trouble – in the form of seven Supreme Court justices. I have more on the Supreme Court greenlighting election integrity laws in North Carolina.

"Late today, the United States Supreme Court dissolved a stay against North Carolina election integrity laws, allowing those laws to go into effect for November’s election.  The vote was 7-2.

"North Carolina enacted laws to revise expensive early voting procedures and eliminated fraud-ridden same day voter registration.  Another new law required voters to actually vote in the precinct where they live. Left wing groups challenged the new laws, advancing novel new arguments that no change in voting could have any disparate statistical impact on blacks.   That has never been the law under the Voting Rights Act.

"Late today the Supreme Court dealt a blow to these radical new legal theories about the Voting Rights Act."

Read more at PJ Media.

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