Allows Would-Be Voters to Pick a Name

HOUSTON, TX. – October 31, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released an open letter of inquiry to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, drawing attention to serious code violations in current state election worker training video. 

On October 27, True the Vote received a request for help from an L.A. County poll inspector who was distressed after witnessing a training video encouraging polling place staff to ignore voter identification procedures.

The complaint was originally received via TTV's smartphone app, VoteStand.

Unlike some other states, California does not have a photo ID law for active voters. California election law requires only that a prospective voter be able speak their name and residential address during check in at the poll. If the voter's name cannot be found in the register, then state law requires that the election worker offer a provisional ballot to the voter, which is kept separate from other cast ballots until the voter's registration can be confirmed.

The L.A. County training video instructs workers to allow voters to self-select a name from the register, if the worker cannot find the name.

"Election fraud has become institutionalized in our voting systems -- this is a textbook example of exactly how it happens," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "California's system has long been known to have weak voter identification rules. The County’s training essentially neuters what is left of them."

TTV compared training materials on the subject from other counties to include San Diego, Fresno and Alameda and found no such allowance for voters to "assist" poll workers in finding their voter registration.

The public letter notes the severity of the issue; given that Los Angeles County is the largest voting jurisdiction in the nation with 5,191,388 voters currently registered.

In its letter, True the Vote asked the County to immediately issue a notice of correction to all election workers, on behalf of the estimated 56% of LA voters who'll cast their vote in person on November 8th.

The letter submitted to Los Angeles County Clerk Dean Logan may be read in full, here.

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.

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Hijacking Election Integrity?

Ever since our founding, TTV has witnessed it shortly before each major election.  The larger issue of voting migrates from policy-wonk sections of New York and D.C. media outlets to top-fold, front-page headlines everywhere. But this year, it's different. Claims of "rigged elections" are matching up pound-for-pound against the seasonal freak-outs over "voter suppression and intimidation". This week we even have presidential debate footage to show for it.

But…is the heightened rhetoric on both sides good for the election integrity movement? The finer details are most certainly getting lost. However, there are signs that good people are beginning to open their eyes to the incredible faults and weaknesses in our voting systems that breed fraud and irregularities.

True the Vote has three action items for you – all of them specifically designed to help you make a positive difference in the months ahead.

1. Download our VoteStand app for iPhone and Android devices. Still prefer the rotary? Check out our listing of official voter fraud hotlines.

2. Get trained to be an election observer today. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned vet, our course will get you on track and on your way to the polls.

3. Election integrity doesn't end in November. The lessons we learn and the data we compile will help craft reforms next year when legislatures gavel in. You don't have to be a sharp politico to effect change -- you only need some key pointers on how you can help turn a bill into a law. Sign up for the TTV legislative advocacy course ASAP.

Need an Audio Guide for VoteStand?

TTV's monthly Conference call tackled the how-tos for our new and improved app, VoteStand. If you weren't able to tune in, check out the replay here.

Set Your DVR: TTV on FNC this Monday, Oct. 24th

Tune in to the Fox News Channel on Monday, October 24, during the 8:00am Eastern hour to watch TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht discuss the real election integrity issues facing us this November and beyond.

Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, you may have noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms -- either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around. Do us a favor and let us know if you see an incident that should be added to this ever-expanding database!

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.

 

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How do ineligible non-citizens end up on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls? Sometimes by invitation:

The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s office recently sent out 2.5 million postcards to licensed drivers who were not registered to vote, inviting them to sign up in time for the November election.

 

Trouble is, some of those drivers are not American citizens.

The problem is that the National Voter Registration Act, aka Motor Voter, requires everyone applying for a driver’s license to be offered a voter registration application, but with no way to verify whether applicants are eligible citizens beyond asking them to check a box.

Joseph Vanderhulst, an attorney with Public Interest Legal Foundation, says it’s a flaw in voter registration integrity that isn’t unique to Pennsylvania.

“It kind of just reinforces the issue, which is no filter on the front end and a lack of effort on the back end,” he said. “It’s a failure of the checkbox. The only filter we have is that checkbox … This is, to us, proof that that box is a total failure.”

MILWAUKEE, WI. – October 11, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released election observer training details for Wisconsin citizens interested in volunteering at the polls on November 8th.

“True the Vote is excited to announce election observer training opportunities throughout the Badger State,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “TTV looks forward to helping engaged voters who are willing to roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time in support of free and fair elections.”

Election observer trainings will be hosted across Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. Online courses have also been made available.

“I’m proud to be assisting TTV’s efforts to help more Wisconsin voters participate in the electoral process,” local election integrity advocate Kenneth Dragotta said. “If you’re new to the job of election observation, these trainings have been tailored just for you. It takes lots of volunteers keep the process running smoothly and we’re hopeful we’ll help inspire and equip thousands of people who’ll be willing to step up and serve. ”

“We say it repeatedly – your presence alone makes the bad actors aware that you’re watching,” local election integrity advocate Ardis Cerny added. “Wisconsin voters have an incredible opportunity to stand for free and fair elections in the polling place of their choice and serve as a concerned citizen, not on behalf of a candidate or party. Badger voters shouldn’t squander this opportunity to do good this November.”

The timing of the Wisconsin training opportunities closely coincides with the release of True the Vote’s smartphone app, VoteStand 2.0, now available for iPhone and Android device users. The app allows election observers and concerned citizens alike to report irregularities in real time to TTV and appropriate officials.

More information on upcoming election observer training sessions can be found here.

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.

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Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

CO | FL | IA | MI | NH| NV | NC | OH| PA | VA | WI

Need to report an election problem? There’s an app for that.

Have you ever witnessed election fraud or an irregularity at the polling place but just weren’t sure how to report it in a timely manner? TTV has just the tool for you. VoteStand is now available in the Apple and Google apps stores, and it’s absolutely free. Did you get a strange piece of mail lately encouraging your dog to register to vote or threatening YOU with a “voter violation” for not casting a ballot? Has someone offered to buy your absentee ballot? Did you witness people disrupting your polling place? Did your voting machine suffer a malfunction? With the app, all of these issues and more can be reported directly to True the Vote in real-time!

The timing of this release seems perfect after two swing states (New Hampshire and Virginia) reversed course on their so-called “ballot selfie bans”, creating more latitude for voters to better document their experiences as they happen.

Briefly, here’s how it works: after you send an incident report to TTV, we will work with you to confirm certain details and report your problem to appropriate authorities. Your confirmed report will then be published within the app for others to see – similar to a social media newsfeed. Problems are often witnessed well before polls open, so don’t delay. Download VoteStand today!

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!

Register for the October 18, 2016 National Webinar: VoteStand 101

Are you new to the VoteStand experience? Unless you were an early-adopter in 2014, you probably are. Fear not, the October National Webinar on Tuesday the 18th will help get you up to speed on best practices. Join us at 7 PM Eastern time as we walk through the app’s features and provide additional resources for proper use. Spots are limited on the webinar and they are filling up earlier than usual. Don’t delay in registering for the event!

The curious case of Arcan Cetin

You may be wondering what happened to the curious case of Arcan Cetin, the Washington State mall shooter from Turkey. State and federal law enforcement initially said Cetin was non-citizen. We discovered he was a registered and actively voting in U.S. elections. Last week, TTV shared Cetin’s voting record with appropriate law enforcement to probe the matter further, taking them at their word with respect to citizenship status. As questions began to mount about what appeared to be a non-citizen voter fraud case, federal immigration enforcement changed their story. Sure, weirder things have happened and bloggers who love to hate TTV tried to pin blame on us – but the reality is, we are asking the questions that need to be asked. The whole episode revealed just how faulty our [non-existent] system of citizenship verification in voter registration actually is, especially when federal authorities apparently can’t keep track of who’s naturalized or not.

States, as a matter of general policy, do not make an effort to verify incoming voter registration applications with respect to citizenship status (with incredibly few exceptions). What’s worse, when they try to change course in either a proactive or reactive manner, DOJ lawsuits proliferate to stop their policies, generally grinding their processes to a halt at best. The results are headlines like we’ve seen this week in Virginia and Pennsylvania where noncitizens were found voting.

It’s not all bad though – the Washington SOS now wants to verify citizenship and more states are likely to consider additional voter registration safeguards following the November election, regardless of who wins the White House. The difference between such bills passing and dying is -- you. If we want to see improvement, citizens must demand it. You can start right now by contacting your lawmakers and letting them know you support common sense legislation to ensure only U.S. citizens vote in U.S. elections.

Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, you may have noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This ever-expanding database hopes to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms, either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around, and let us know if you see an incident that should be added!

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.

Indiana State Police added 48 additional counties Thursday to an investigation into allegations of fraudulent voter application information in Indiana.

Voter fraud and dirty politics in Illinois are cliches for a reason.

A day after Kankakee officials announced an investigation into voter fraud, including allegations that “individuals from Chicago” were offering gifts in exchange for votes, the top federal attorney for central Illinois and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan paid the city a visit.

Illinois Attorney General’s office spokeswoman Maura Possley said her office is “actively monitoring” the situation.

Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jamie Boyd disclosed the investigation on Tuesday… Boyd said the investigation was opened in response to allegations that “gifts” were offered to voters by “individuals from Chicago” in exchange for votes for Cloonen, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and “others…”

Boyd’s office called the investigation an “unprecedented action” and said it will focus on both vote buying and fraudulent mail ballot application allegations.

Another case – more than 20 cases, actually – of voter fraud by an alien illegally registered and voting in multiple U.S. elections:

A Canadian citizen who lives in Cheektowaga was accused Thursday of voting in more than 20 elections in the United States while illegally living here.

Shirley Anne Conners, 62, was arrested Thursday on making a false claim to U.S. citizenship to vote, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Counihan said the defendant, who has been illegally in the United States since the early 1970s, voted in more than 20 federal, state and local elections since 1995, the last being the presidential primary in New York in April.

False and misleading and baiting.” That’s how Indiana State Police describe the predictable charges of harassment and racism leveled by Democratic operative Craig Varoga, whose organization Patriot Majority and its affiliated Indiana Voter Registration Project are being investigated for potential voter fraud by the ISP, suspected of submitting hundreds of fraudulent voter registration applications in nine Indiana counties.

Varoga claimed that the ISP and Secretary Lawson’s “partisan investigation” would prevent “45,000 African Americans from voting in this year’s elections.”  Varoga even said he “reported their outrageous actions to the Department of Justice.”

In an exclusive interview on WIBC, ISP Chief Public Information Officer, Captain David Bursten, refuted the claims of Varoga:

 

To his allegations that we are trying to disenfranchise 45,000 African-American voters: I want make it perfectly clear that we don’t take any of the voter registration cards, we copy them. That’s a false and misleading and baiting statement.

He wants to draw attention away from the fact that the actions of people employed by IVRP actually can disenfranchise voters.

Secretary Lawson, also appearing exclusively on WIBC, confirmed that her office has no authority to conduct or initiate any investigation, and called Varoga’s claims “absurd:”

You know, when we register voters in the State of Indiana, on the paper forms that this group [Indiana Voters Registration Project], the question of race or ethnicity is not asked. This is an insult to all 92 County Clerks that they would not process an application because of someone’s race, and there is no way that Craig Varoga – or any of the County Clerk’s offices – would know the race of anyone who applied to register to vote. 

My question for him would be: if you’re registering people to vote are you only registering African-Americans and is that discrimination?

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