“Tucson’s hybrid system of ward-only voting in primary elections and city-wide voting in general elections was struck down Tuesday by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals… Judge Alex Kozinski, writing the majority opinion, said the current system favors Democrats and violates the 14th Amendment’s one-man, one-vote provision.”

The judge also noted that Tucson’s mayor and council members are all Democrats.

Of course they do.  Democrat operatives view “automatic” voter registration as a political “game changer” that benefits Democrat politicians.

That’s why Democrats like the former Obama campaign aides behind the group iVotes are organizing “a multimillion-dollar push to expand automatic voter registration.”

Yet aside from the fact that registering to vote is already easy, iVotes’ argument that automatically registering people when they apply for driver’s licenses or identification cards will help unregistered Americans who are “disproportionately poor, young and minority” is particularly odd coming from the crowd that claims these same Americans can’t get driver’s licenses or identification cards for voter ID purposes.

In any case, the effort may be another disappointing waste of millions for Democrat donors, as iVotes Director Jeremy Bird was also the brains behind Battleground Texas and its abortive attempt to elect Democrat Wendy Davis as Governor and “turn Texas blue.”

“This 71-page bill, styled as ‘The Democracy Act,’ will not further democracy, but endanger the State’s longstanding and proven election system.  Instead of playing politics with the State’s electoral system, the sponsors should work across the aisle on responsible and cost-effective electoral reform,” Governor Christie wrote in his veto

The bill represents a manifest attempt to use election reform for political gain rather than a genuine bipartisan effort to further improve the State’s election system.  The bill was not considered in legislative committee and was hastily adopted along party lines before the Legislature could complete its own fiscal analysis.  “Tellingly, the bill lacks the support of the bipartisan group of county election officials who would be responsible for its implementation and administration.” Governor Christie wrote…

Democrats are organizing a multi-million dollar push for automatic voter registration, but “voters in the Garden State already have ample opportunities to register to vote and cast their ballots… Nine out of ten eligible voters in New Jersey were registered to vote last year.”

“New Jersey taxpayers deserve better than to have their hard-earned tax dollars spent on thinly-veiled political gamesmanship and the State must ensure that every eligible citizen’s vote counts and is not stolen by fraud,” the Governor said.

Yes, noncitizens can, and do, register and vote illegally:

“The Texas Attorney General’s Office has arrested Tarrant County resident Rosa Maria Ortega for two counts of illegal voting, a second degree felony… The case presented alleges that Rosa Ortega voted in person during the November 2012 general election and in the May 2014 primary runoff election in Dallas County. She is not a United States Citizen and thus ineligible to vote.”

How Ortega, a legal U.S. resident and citizen of Mexico, was able to illegally register and vote more than once – even after Texas began requiring a government-issued photo ID at the polls – is a question for Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole.

California wants a full copy of our donor list. Is DC next?

It seems old hat now – first they came for the super PACs, then the tax-exempt and now the tax-deductible groups. For many years, the courts have drawn a line in the sand to protect the identities of supporters for 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organizations. You could say this began with the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . or the right of the people peaceably to assemble…” In 1958, NAACP supporters were shielded “to pursue their lawful private interests privately and to associate freely with others in so doing,” (NAACP v. Alabama ex rel. Patterson). In 1976, Buckley v. Valeo held that “we have repeatedly found that compelled disclosure, in itself, can seriously infringe on privacy of association and belief guaranteed by the First Amendment . . . and cannot be justified by a mere showing of some legitimate governmental interest.” Could we see a reversal soon?

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to conference over the case, Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris, today. In 2014 California Attorney General Kamala Harris tried to compel charitable organizations registered in the state - like TTV - to disclose our entire donor database residing in the state. She’s concerned that donor protections can promote fraud. A lawsuit was quickly filed and now sits on SCOTUS’ doorstep.

Current, longstanding IRS regulations state that donors giving less than a cumulative $5,000 annually to a single 501(c)(3) entity be shielded from public disclosure. If California prevails, the concept will most certainly spread. What can you do in this case? Cross your fingers, say a prayer, do a rain dance and refuse to be silenced. Check here for live SCOTUS updates.

 

Take a peek at the new TTV Knowledge Network

You see, it pays to keep up with the TTV weekly newsletter. This holiday season, you will have a special opportunity to hop into the brand-new TTV Knowledge Network early for all of your training and organizing needs. With the same look and feel of many online universities, you will be able to utilize on-demand training courses to prepare for 2016 and beyond. We are particularly excited to offer a new social network where individuals of similar training and geography can connect and organize.

Check out this new welcome video for the Knowledge Network featuring TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht, and keep an eye on your inbox for an exclusive invitation to get started!

 

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study 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 databank, 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.

 

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Join True the Vote later this month as we host our final conference call for 2015 on Tuesday, November 17 @ 6 PM. Limited space is available; don’t delay! Click here to sign up early.

 

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"How Democrats Suppress the Vote"

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The Daily Caller; To Win…Use Story Not Stats

In the ongoing fight between Democrats and Republicans over election procedures like voter ID and early voting, the Democrats are supposedly the champions of higher turnout and reducing barriers to participation. But when it comes to scheduling off-cycle elections like those taking place today, the Democratic Party is the champion of voter suppression.

Indeed, few people will vote today. Many elections are taking place, but almost all are for local offices. School boards, for example, are up for election in Houston; Fairfax County, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina and in hundreds of other communities that oversee the education of millions of schoolchildren. But only a small number of highly engaged voters will participate in the elections for these offices.

Scheduling elections at odd times appears to be a deliberate strategy aimed at keeping turnout low, which gives more influence to groups like teachers unions that have a direct stake in the election’s outcome.

Read more at FiveThirtyEight.

Voter registration fraud is “exactly why the state legislature enacted election integrity reforms and seemingly why Democrats are fighting so hard against them.”

The Washington Free Beacon reports on the link between Team Hillary and the Ohio community organizing group suspected of forging signatures and registering dead people to vote:

Marc Elias, an attorney at Perkins Coie who has become the go-to fixer for Democrats and is now general counsel for Clinton’s presidential campaign, became involved with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative this May when he filed a lawsuit on its behalf to challenge the state’s voter identification laws.  Now the group is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal investigation…

An advisory from Ohio Secretary of State Husted warns county boards of elections about “suspicious voter registration forms submitted by employees of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative” including “forms from persons who are deceased, voter registration forms with multiple names, address or identification mismatches, and voter registration update forms that appear to have been signed by someone other than the voter.”

Pro-pot legalization group ResponsibleOhio is also under investigation after the state received hundreds of voter fraud accusations related to the group’s Issue 3 campaign, including “signing up dead people, teenagers too young to vote and people who don’t appear to exist.”

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