Hamilton County Board of Elections is issuing subpoenas

The campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio is under investigation for possible voter fraud because the names on petitions and registration forms included dead people, prisoners and voters who say they never filled out the form…

“Overzealous is a polite word for it,” said Tim Burke, chairman of the board of elections. “You can’t sign up dead people. You can’t sign for other people. That should never happen.”

Fellow board member Alex Triantafilou said he’ll push for criminal prosecution of anyone who committed fraud while gathering petitions or registering people to vote.

Secretary of State Husted says “the state has received almost 700 accusations of fraud related to the Issue 3 campaign,” from several counties, that include “signing up dead people, teenagers too young to vote and people who don’t appear to exist.”

Illegal Immigrants Could Elect Hillary Clinton

Did the above headline repeatedly crash into your inbox with great alarm over the week? TTV’s inboxes certainly were swamped. We’ve held off answering the hundreds of emails we received asking us if noncitizens of any form will actually be allowed to vote in 2016 in order to respond here. It’s still required on every state and federal voter registration form in America that each person attests to being a U.S. citizen as a requirement for voting. Sure, verification measures are iffy at best; nevertheless, it is illegal to this day for a noncitizen to cast a ballot in a federal election. If a noncitizen is caught, they can face fines, imprisonment and deportation. Nothing. Has. Changed.

The POLITICO Magazine article presently making the rounds speaks to a larger issue than ineligible voters, however. Currently, the concept of “one-person, one-vote” does not apply to all aspects of our election systems in America. Across the nation, legislative districts are drawn using total population figures from the U.S. Census. To put it plainly, your legislative district was drawn to account for voting-age citizens, noncitizens, minors, etc. You don’t have to be a statistician to see that spikes in non-voting cohorts can distort the redistricting process. Consequently, a federal lawsuit was recently filed by two Texas residents who didn’t care for this setup. Evenwel v. Abbott has now managed to work its way to the U.S. Supreme Court to finally resolve whether “the ‘one-person, one-vote’ principle under the Equal Protection Clause allows States to use total population, and does not require States to use voter population, when apportioning state legislative districts.” There have been amicus briefs aplenty submitted to SCOTUS. Our pals at the American Civil Rights Union reminded the court that the Voting Rights Act is enforced by the DOJ using Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) – therefore making the plaintiffs’ request reasonable. Oral arguments are set for November 30, 2015.

When we bottom-line this issue in the context of 2016, the Electoral College comes into focus. States like California, Texas, Florida and New York currently enjoy large numbers of electors -- thanks in part to noncitizens being accounted for. Should SCOTUS change counting standards, we could ultimately see a significant shift in the makeup of the Electoral College. Without casting a single ballot, noncitizens now play a role in electing any person president of the U.S. If the Supremes rule for the plaintiffs, that role will be more diminished thereafter.

Show your kids this video explaining the value of the Electoral College today. If it has been awhile since your last civics class, you should consider reviewing it, too.


Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study this week, which detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. For True the Vote to build a national voter roll research effort, it 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.


Voter ID Haters Get Tripped Up in Alabama

Voter ID opponents missed the mark this week in Alabama. They tried to whip up controversy over the AL Law Enforcement Agency’s move to shutter 31 part-time, satellite driver license offices due to budgetary restraints. Here’s the recap: on October 5, Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell called upon the DOJ to investigate the decision to close the offices. She claimed it would significantly hamstring her constituents’ ability to vote in future elections under the voter ID requirement. Governor Robert Bentley fired back the next day, stating, “I believe your comments were impulsive, ill-informed, and based on irresponsible media reports” on the matter. He went on to explain the state’s unique system of issuing ID cards in every county courthouse across the state, free of charge. Heritage Foundation Fellow Hans von Spakovsky reported that many of the shuttered DMV offices were in the same building where local election officials offer voter IDs. The DOJ has been mum about following through with a probe.

What could have been a scandal is now an example for how other states can make voter IDs free and accessible – regardless of budget concerns. Well played, Alabama.


Register for the October 2015 National Conference Call TODAY

Have you ever wondered how a law can be deemed discriminatory without any evidence of intent? Disparate impact claims are nothing new, yet they are increasingly being used to affect our election policies. To find out more about the Left’s strategy to subvert voters’ rights, join us this month for our next National Conference call. We’ll sit down with National Review Online columnist John Fund and take a deep dive into the issue. Save the date -- Tuesday, Oct 13 @ 6 PM Central – and sign up now!


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“Michael Mukasey Hits Obama DOJ Voting Section”

The San Diego Union-Tribune: Does bill grant license to vote illegally?

PJ Media:

“If a Republican wins the Presidency, he or she would be well advised to listen to General Mukasey and implement fundamental changes to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, particularly the Voting Section.  Step One may well be remedial training on what the Rule of Law means. “

Working Double Duty in North Carolina

‘Tis the season to prepare our nation’s voter rolls ahead of the 2016 elections. With the help of True the Vote’s steadfast research volunteers, we’re going coast-to-coast cleaning registries of duplicate, dead and even double voters – starting in North Carolina. Ten of the Tar Heel State’s largest counties were contacted over the past month, as TTV findings documented potential duplicate voter registrations totaling in the thousands of records. In a press release circulated earlier this week, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht explained, “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 … 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.” We look forward to reporting back on the ways the North Carolina counties handle our research. So far, one county reviewed their 493 potential duplicates and later purged or merged 655 bogus records. Our crack team is currently combing through files in Ohio, Colorado and Maryland for similar irregularities. Stay tuned!


Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study this week, which detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. For True the Vote to build a national voter roll research effort, it 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.


IRS Lawsuit Update: Here Come the Judges

It’s widely recognized that the wheels of justice turn very slowly, and True the Vote’s experience is no different. Although it seems like ages since our last update on the True the Vote v. IRS case, substantial news came this week. You may recall that in a similar case at the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., a fellow IRS target received a favorable judgment that allowed their claims to move forward to discovery and trial. Based on that ruling, TTV argued that it would be appropriate for our lawsuit to receive similar treatment. Unfortunately, the court ruled against our motion, setting deadlines for new briefs to be submitted lasting until March 2016. In the same order, the court assigned the three-judge panel for our eventual hearing: Karen LeCraft Henderson (H.W. Bush, 1990), Judith W. Rogers (Clinton, 1994) and Cornelia T.L. Pillard (Obama, 2013). As always, we’ll keep you posted.


Lunch & Learn Replay

During the month of September, True the Vote hosted two National Conference calls featuring renowned experts in the election integrity and political law fields. The TTV Team is very grateful to Heritage Foundation Fellow Hans von Spakovsky and Public Interest Legal Foundation General Counsel J. Christian Adams for their participation in this successful series. If you couldn’t tune in earlier this month when we discussed the Voting Rights Act in the 21st Century with Hans von Spakovsky, don’t worry. You can catch the replay here. This week’s call with Christian Adams, detailing how you can fight back against bloated voter rolls in your community, can be replayed here.

Join us this month as we sit down with National Review Online columnist John Fund in our National Conference call. Save the date -- Tuesday, Oct 13 @ 6 PM Central  – and sign up now!


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Alabama Supreme Court reverses ruling on 2013 voter fraud case

Indiana Democrat faces federal voter fraud charges

Connecticut Democrat cuts deal to plead guilty in voter fraud case for suspended sentence

Sep. 29 Lunch and Learn w/ J. Christian Adams

MSNBC: Group seeks voter roll purge ahead of 2016


Omaha World-Herald editorial: Clean voter rolls matter

159 ballots due to be rejected

After losing her 2013 Tuscaloosa City School Board race, candidate Kelly Horowitz contested the election, alleging voter fraud by members of the University of Alabama greek system – including a ‘booze for votes’ scheme – skewed the results.  Horowitz challenged the votes of over 300 UA students as “illegal based on lack of residency, bribery or misconduct, and ineligibility.”

The bribery charge stemmed from reports that “greek students were incentivized with free alcohol at two local bars, as well as UA Panhellenic and in-hours points, as a means of securing votes” for Horowitz’ opponent.

A lower court dismissed the case, contending “there were not enough potential illegal ballots to overturn the results.”

The Supreme Court disagreed, concluding that “though Horwitz was unable to prove the illegality of the votes on the basis of misconduct in the form of bribery, there were 159 ballots due to be rejected, 105 of them based on residency and 54 based on other factors of ineligibility.”  The case now goes back to the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.

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