North Carolina’s turnout was 38.2 percent of the voting-aged population in 2014 — the second-highest rate of vote participation in a midterm election since the advent of true two-party competition in North Carolina in the early 1970s.  Link.

I am sure some new 99 page report will find a way to refute the obvious, starting out something like this …”turnout is the not the proper indicator”

Free Beacon reports: President Barack Obama’s nominee to a federal panel that oversees elections previously helped a top Democratic political group avoid a $5 million IRS penalty and worked to prevent the disclosure of the group’s donors.  Matthew Butler, who Obama tapped for a seat on the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in November, has made a career at highly partisan left-wing advocacy groups, including a stint as the chief executive of Media Matters for America, a pro-Hillary Clinton opposition research blog.  Critics of Obama’s pick on the left and right say that Butler lacks any actual experience in monitoring or administering elections and will increase partisan divisions at the EAC.  Link to story.

Liberals are desperate to prove that North Carolina’s new election law constitutes the second coming of Jim Crow-era voter suppression. Their desperation reflects three desires.  More at the link.

“John Toves Peredo and Catherine Peredo were arrested yesterday afternoon by the Guam Police Department Criminal Strike Force, Police Chief Fred Bordallo said.

GPD was tasked to look into the alleged election fraud and arrested the couple on several charges, Bordallo said.

Catherine Peredo, a Dededo Democratic polling official, during the November election, was arrested on false statements under oath, falsifying evidence, and obstructing government functions. Her husband John Peredo was arrested on charges of criminal falsification, guilt established by complicity, conspiracy, false statements under oath and obstructing government functions, Bordallo said. The couple was booked and released yesterday, he added.”

Link here.

It appears that an “ethics committee” created in the aftermath of the conviction of former Governor McDonnell is confused and now providing recommendations on redistricting.  Committee run amok. Link to story.

Members today recommended that the General Assembly in its 2015 session approve a constitutional amendment that would create a commission to redraw districts. The recommendation is part of a broader set of ethics reform proposals, and the ethics panel will continue to meet next year on topics that include campaign finance reform…In addition to a constitutional amendment, the panel wants the General Assembly to pass legislation that would establish non-partisan criteria under which a new commission would redraw districts. That includes sticking with county, city and town boundaries and making districts compact and contiguous, the panel says. The panel’s report suggests: “The Commission shall not be provided with political data or election results as part of its database, and no district shall be drawn using political data or election results in order to favor a political party or incumbent legislator or member of Congress.”  The recommendations approved today were drafted by citizen group OneVirginia2021.

LinkThe Wisconsin assault on political speech has been in a lull, but it reappeared with a bang on Friday with a fresh document release by a state court. The disclosures include evidence that Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board wanted to go after Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes and Sean Hannity of Fox News.

Is this the final straw with the legislature?

Three family members of Anderson, Indiana city councilman Ollie H. Dixon are alleged to have committed voter fraud by “violating Indiana Election residency requirements.”

The Election Board on Wednesday sent three letters, including documents in support of allegations of illegal activity by Dorothy Dixon, Dixon’s wife, and his two daughters, Tamie Dixon-Tatum and Delisha Dixon, to Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings. All three letters state the Election Board has found substantial reason to believe election laws were violated.

The Election Board believes none of the three resided at the addresses from which they cast ballots in 2014. Dixon’s response: “It shouldn’t matter as long as you only vote one time.”

Developing News on the IRS Front

After weeks of careful discussion and weighing of options, True the Vote notified the federal courts of its intent to appeal the November dismissal of our lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. “The IRS targeting scandal is not over and neither is our effort to seek justice in the federal courts," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said in a press release Thursday. "Since the dismissal, ‘lost’ emails specific to our case history have been found and assertions that the agency changed its ways have yet to prove true by any verifiable manner. Until the Court fully addresses the IRS’ wrongdoing, the risk of future political abuses without consequences will only compound.” We will certainly keep you posted as new briefs are filed with the Court in the weeks ahead. Click here to read the full press release and associated documents.

True the Vote filed a notice of appeal for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on December 18, 2014. Future briefing deadlines are expected to be set throughout spring of 2015. A copy of the notice has been made available for review here.

TTV would like to sincerely thank you for your patience as we worked toward this decision. Your financial support for the effort is appreciated more than you know and we honor it with the utmost diligence. Together, we will have answers and justice.

 

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HOUSTON, TX. -- December 18, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement formally announcing its intent to appeal a recent dismissal of its lawsuit addressing the Internal Revenue Service targeting scandal:

“The IRS targeting scandal is not over and neither is our effort to seek justice in the federal courts," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "Since the dismissal, ‘lost’ emails specific to our case history have been found and assertions that the agency changed its ways have yet to prove true by any verifiable manner. Until the Court fully addresses the IRS’ wrongdoing, the risk of future political abuses without consequences will only compound.”

True the Vote filed a notice of appeal for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on December 18, 2014. Future briefing deadlines are expected to be set throughout spring of 2015. A copy of the notice has been made available for review here.

True the Vote originally filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service after waiting three (3) years for the agency to process its 501(c) application for tax-exempt status. D.C. District Judge Reggie B. Walton dismissed the case in November 2014. 

 

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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Two more individuals have been indicted for illegally voting in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral election.

That brings the number of voter fraud prosecutions in this case to five; two more indictments are pending.

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