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True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht offers this response to President Trump’s recent announcement calling for a nationwide investigation in to voter fraud.


“I am incredibly optimistic that we may be able to finally tackle the very real problems plaguing our election processes. The chaos documented during the 2016 election cycle was the clearest and loudest warning shot to date - systemic election problems must be resolved, or they will soon be the cause of a national crisis.


Current research exists only in silos of disparate data and shallow analysis, offering no basis for comprehensive examination. Known problems, like non-citizen voting, are rarely chronicled and anecdotal evidence is insufficient.


It is for this reason that True the Vote, supported by a select group of technologists, statisticians, researchers, auditors, scholars, futurists, election law experts, and process specialists, is leading a forensic audit with targeted investigations to expose election fraud and offer solutions.


I am incredibly optimistic that we may be able to finally tackle the very real problems plaguing our election processes. The chaos documented during the 2016 election cycle was the clearest and loudest warning shot to date - systemic election problems must be resolved, or they will soon be the cause of a national crisis.


The audit is phase one of our four year plan to include; development of a American Voter ID Program, Evaluation of Enhanced Election Technologies, Identifying Dynamic Voter Registration Verification Processes, and Development of Model Legislation.


We look forward to working with the Trump Administration in whatever way possible.


If our elections are not truly fair, we are not truly free.”


True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters' rights 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.


HOUSTON, TX. – November 27, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement with respect to President-Elect Donald Trump’s claim that “millions” of individuals illegally voted in the 2016 Election. 

“True the Vote absolutely supports President-elect Trump’s recent comment about the impact of illegal voting, as reflected in the national popular vote. We are still collecting data and will be for several months, but our intent is to publish a comprehensive study on the significant impact of illegal voting in all of its many forms and begin a national discussion on how voters, states, and the Trump Administration can best address this growing problem.”

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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HOUSTON, TX. – November 7, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, offers its smartphone app, VoteStand, to the general public and media outlets to report and gather election incidents in real-time. 

"We developed VoteStand in response to requests from voters who’d experienced problems at the polls and felt helpless to do anything about it," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "True the Vote exists to help empower voters. With the VoteStand app if voters, poll workers, or election observers see something—they can say something. Our network of watchdogs and election officials can receive reports in real time and take appropriate action.”

VoteStand has been operational throughout much of the nation’s early voting periods and has already received scores of verified complaints ranging from voting machine malfunction, lax voter ID enforcement, absentee ballot problems and unlawful poll worker training. To date, reports from 24 states have been published within VoteStand, to include North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Virginia, and Ohio.

The app is currently available for iPhone and Android mobile devices free of charge in their respective stores.

A Twitter account (@VoteStand) has been opened to promote new incidents and provide quick, multi-platform access to the latest data available.

Media outlets are welcome to contact True the Vote for more information about the application and specific reports by sending an email, 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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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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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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True the Vote discovered earlier this week that Turkish mall shooter Arcan Cetin illegally registered to vote in 2014 and has voted in multiple federal elections since. TTV has notified the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission accordingly. Copies of open letters may be accessed below.

2016.9.25 Cetin Complaint by True The Vote on Scribd

 

 

2016.9.29 EAC Cetin by True The Vote on Scribd

 

In a veto session today, Missouri lawmakers again approved a photo voter ID bill, overriding Democrat Governor Jay Nixon’s veto. The House voted 115-41 in favor; the Senate 24-7.

House Bill 1631 requires state residents present valid, government-issued identification to election officials before they’re allowed to cast votes. The requirement isn’t absolute: Citizens could sign a statement pledging that they have no such identification, and would then be allowed to vote.

The measure faces one more hurdle in the November general election, when Missourians will be asked to consider Constitutional Amendment 6, which allows for voter ID requirements. If voters reject the amendment, the law passed Wednesday could be at risk if challenged in court.

A state district court judge upheld the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s voter identification law, rejecting a legal challenge to the requirement.

Oklahoma’s proof of identity requirement, which was approved in 2010 by 74 percent of the state’s voters, is no barrier to any voter. In addition to government-issued photo IDs, Oklahomans can present non-photo voter identification cards and vote a regular ballot. Voters with no ID can sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot that will be verified later by election officials.

Lawyers for the state argued the law allows voters to cast a ballot without placing an undue burden on those who don’t have a valid ID or choose not to show one. The state also pointed out that every registered voter is given a free voter identification card that satisfies the requirements of the law.

“Thus, there is no circumstance under which a registered voter will not have the opportunity to vote,” lawyers for the Attorney General’s Office argued in a trial brief.

Another win for voter ID, and election integrity, in Wisconsin.

“This is the second time in three days a court has granted [Attorney General Brad] Schimel’s motion for stay in a case challenging Wisconsin’s voter ID laws.”

HOUSTON, TX. – August 5, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today praised the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s ruling in True the Vote v. IRS, reversing key rulings against the organization’s prior claims and remanding the case back to trial.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia originally dismissed True the Vote’s lawsuit after finding that IRS targeting had fully ceased, therefore mooting TTV’s civil rights claims based on assurances of internal reform from the tax agency. The appellate court panel reversed that finding in scathing detail:

“It being plain to the Inspector General, the district court, and this court that the IRS cannot defend its discriminatory conduct on the merits, the governing issue is now whether the controversy is moot. The district court held that it was; we conclude that it is not.”

The difference between a ceased discriminatory scheme versus a ‘restive’ one:

“There is a difference between the controversy having gone away, and simply being in a restive stage. This difference gives rise to the concept of ‘voluntary cessation.’ That concept governs the case in which the defendant actor is not committing the controversial conduct at the moment of the litigation, but ‘the defendant is ‘free to return to [its] old ways’—thereby subjecting the plaintiff to the same harm but, at the same time, avoiding judicial review … Here, voluntary cessation has never occurred.”

The ‘absurd’ belief that IRS has ceased its targeting of pro-liberty groups:

“It is absurd to suggest that the effect of the IRS’s unlawful conduct, which delayed the processing of appellant-plaintiffs’ applications, has been eradicated when two of the appellant-plaintiffs’ applications remain pending.”

On the dangers of letting the IRS skate based on a promise it has changed its ways:

“A violation of right that is ‘suspended until further notice’ has not become the subject of voluntary cessation, with no reasonable expectation of resumption, so as to moot litigation against the violation of rights. Rather, it has at most advised the victim of the violation – ‘you’re alright for now, but there may be another shoe falling’.”

True the Vote welcomed the ruling as a positive step toward justice after its First Amendment rights were violated by the IRS, dating back to 2010.

“Today's ruling is a tremendous victory for True the Vote. We are now closer than we've ever been to revealing the collusions and cover-ups used in the weaponization of the IRS against the American People,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. This lawsuit has been a struggle every step of the way, but is a battle that must be fought. When a rogue government sets out to silence its citizens and deny them their Constitutional rights, we all suffer for it. No one should be subjected to what True the Vote was made to endure. Today our fight continues on behalf of all Americans.”

The appellate ruling will leave seven days to pass before being sent back to the trial court – should the IRS wish to appeal to the full circuit for an en banc hearing.

A copy of the opinion may be read, 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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