HOUSTON, TX. December 19, 2013 True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today congratulated Houston attorney Nandita Berry for her appointment as Texas Secretary of State.

“Nandita Berry is an inspired choice to lead Texas forward on matters of election integrity,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Ms. Berry’s background in technology law and community engagement will bring a fresh, unique perspective to the office in a time of great change and high-stakes litigation. TTV looks forward to assisting the forthcoming Berry Administration in January."  

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True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights and election integrity organization, founded 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 19, 2013 - True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today congratulated Houston attorney Nandita Berry for her appointment as Texas Secretary of State.

THE US TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS SET IT SIGHTS ON STRIPPING GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATIONS OF THEIR RIGHTS TO ENGAGE VOTERS. THEIR PROPOSED REGULATIONS WILL FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM THE WAYS IN WHICH NON-PROFIT GROUPS ASSEMBLE AND ENGAGE.

HOUSTON, TX. December 16, 2013 True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced two lawsuits filed against Gilpin and Mineral Counties in Colorado for alleged failure to properly maintain voter rolls according to federal law. TTV will seek court orders compelling both counties to follow list maintenance procedures outlined in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) and suspended enforcement of portions of Colorado’s automatic all-mail elections in these two counties until voter roll problems are corrected. True the Vote, Inc. v. Gilpin County (No. 1:13-cv-03369) & True the Vote, Inc. v. Mineral County (No. 1:13-cv-03368).

“Twice now, we’ve warned Gilpin and Mineral Counties of their flagrant violations of federal law,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “When a county's voter roll shows more than 100% of its eligible population registered to vote, there's a problem.  How can voters be confident that elections truly represent the will of the electorate if their county doesn't even know who should and shouldn't be voting?"

True the Vote notified both counties in 2012 of their 100% plus voter registration rates and inquired to their respective plans for mitigating matters before the presidential election. In July 2013, the group found no improvement. According to most recent federal studies, Gilpin County maintains a 112% rate, while Mineral holds 137% registration. Whereas over-registration is not illegal per se, courts have considered it a clear indication of greater maintenance failures. TTV’s methodology was recently upheld in a separate but similar federal lawsuit against the State of Indiana.

True the Vote engaged the services of three specialized attorneys to litigate. Both J. Christian Adams and Christopher Coates served a number of years in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Coates acted as chief of the Section until 2009. TTV’s local counsel, Jessica Peck, also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Denver-based Open Government Institute and is a Denver Post columnist.

True the Vote’s legal counsel argues the controversial Colorado Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act of 2013 (VAMEA) will exacerbate the harmful effects of counties failing to maintain voter rolls as well.

“When a state drops in-person voting and mails a ballot to every single registered name automatically, you better pray the records are in perfect shape,” True the Vote attorney J. Christian Adams said.  “Without our client’s legal action, we’d be watching Colorado counties spending time and precious tax dollars mailing ballots to dead, relocated or otherwise ineligible voters. We cannot forget that the most common cause of voter fraud is when mail ballots fall into the wrong hands.”

Leading to much controversy, VAMEA reversed a number of long-standing procedures in voter roll maintenance - crippling election integrity measures. Most notably, the Colorado law converts voter records flagged for removal under federal law back into active status. True the Vote seeks an additional injunction to halt enforcement of the new law until Gilpin and Mineral Counties clean their respective records.

True the Vote’s twin lawsuits consist of three counts:

Count One:  Violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act – failure to conduct list maintenance.

Count Two:  Violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act – failure to produce records and data.

Count Three:   Enforcement of VAMEA aggravates and intensifies NVRA violations – seeking injunction to block enforcement in Gilpin and Mineral Counties until the rolls are cleaned.

Complaints filed against Gilpin and Mineral Counties were filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

The Gilpin and Mineral County complaints are available for viewing here.

 

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights and election integrity organization, founded 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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What is the Colorado Cleanup Project? A new, county-based litigation effort to clean the voter rolls of the Rocky Mountain State in preparation for 2014 and beyond.

HOUSTON, TX. December 16, 2013 - True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced two lawsuits filed against Gilpin and Mineral Counties in Colorado for alleged failure to properly maintain voter rolls according to federal law. TTV will seek court orders compelling both counties to follow list maintenance procedures outlined in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) and suspended enforcement of portions of Colorado’s automatic all-mail elections in these two counties until voter roll problems are corrected. True the Vote, Inc. v. Gilpin County (No. 1:13-cv-03369) & True the Vote, Inc. v. Mineral County (No. 1:13-cv-03368).

What’s at stake? True the Vote committed itself to defending Texas’ voter ID law in federal court against the Department of Justice and other partisan interests.

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