HOUSTON, TX. December 19, 2012True the Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today submitted formal requests to review all voter registration records, including poll books, to St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker in the aftermath of the 18th Congressional District recount.

“Florida voters deserve a full, unfiltered explanation of the facts,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “We cannot know whether all the votes add up unless all the relevant information is made available for public inspection,” adding that True the Vote is "committed to performing a county-wide audit of all registration records for the 2012 Election."

True the Vote’s request follows a high-profile recount battle where St. Lucie County election officials admitted to hastily releasing vote tallies, failing to count half the precincts on election night, and double counting votes in others. Following the concession of Congressman Allen West, all investigations into the various irregularities ceased.

“Our goal is to fully deconstruct this episode so that this type of travesty won’t happen again,” Engelbrecht continued. “It’s unacceptable to allow flawed counting systems to remain in place because a candidate concedes a race. Faith in the American election system has been shaken enough in recent years – the people of Florida and our Republic deserve better.”   

True the Vote’s request conforms to standing Florida open records and federal election laws, specifically 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-6(i)(1), stating that “all records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters” be made available for public inspection.

 

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. December 10, 2012True the Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today commended the United States District Court of Indiana’s decision to deny dismissal motions offered by the State of Indiana – advancing TTV’s lawsuit to enforce voter roll maintenance to trial.

“This is excellent news for Americans concerned with the integrity of our elections,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Election officials, from local offices to secretaries of state, cannot wash their hands of the federal requirement to maintain accurate voter rolls for any reason. This decision should serve as clear evidence that citizens can and will hold our election system accountable.”  

A key issue raised by Indiana in its failed attempt to dismiss the suit was True the Vote and Judicial Watch’s evidence that a dozen counties had more people registered to vote than legally eligible. The Court found that although 100+ percent voter registration is not illegal per se, the evidence does suggest a greater failure to maintain voter rolls as required by federal law.

True the Vote and Judicial Watch originally filed a lawsuit against Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Elections Division Co-Directors J. Bradley King and Trent Deckard after evidence showed they failed to maintain voter registration lists as required by Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act. Federal records demonstrated that 12 counties had over 100 percent voter registration.

The State of Indiana sought to dismiss the lawsuit on a number of grounds - each was denied by William T. Lawrence, US District Court Judge.

“Today’s decision set a standard for private citizens wanting to make a difference,” Engelbrecht continued. “Bloated voter rolls are clear evidence that election officials are not doing the jobs they were hired to do. With this early victory, True the Vote will continue to expose and correct any instance of failure to maintain our voter rolls. Hopefully the parties can reach a settlement that fixes the problem and saves Indiana taxpayers from the needless cost of litigation.”

The lawsuit (Judicial Watch, et. al v. King, et. al (1:12-cv-00800)) will advance in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana – Indianapolis Division. 

 

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. December 4, 2012True the Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, today commended Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s proposal for photo voter identification requirements in future elections.

“Secretary Miller’s leadership has brought the American election integrity effort to new levels,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The Nevada proposal is another example in a trend of states taking positive steps to meet the American people’s demand for election integrity.  

“Over time, this proposal can streamline a variety of election functions and improve compliance with state and federal laws. Giving election officials the ability to tap into DMV records to verify identity will improve faith in our system and eventually speed up the overall voting experience. True the Vote-trained election observers have witnessed in 2010 and 2012 that an average four (4) voters are processed with identification in the time that one (1) is processed without an ID.

“A sound voter ID proposal for Nevadans must include provisions to keep non-citizens from casting ballots. Empowering DMV authorities to clarify citizenship in the ‘digital poll books’ will reduce confusion and wait times at the polls. Digitizing the process can reduce clerical errors as well.

“Nevada is in an ideal position to craft policy that balances ballot security and access. The Silver State’s bi-partisan proposal can demonstrate that election integrity is an American interest – not a political issue,” Engelbrecht said.

 

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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