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We just had a HUGE win in our IRS lawsuit! Both the court ruling and a longer explanation are posted on our website, but here’s my video explanation (in under two minutes)

Last week, House Republicans said they plan to file criminal charges against Lois Lerner. Their willingness to push forward in the investigation, together with our stunning win of court-ordered discovery and deposition of key IRS staff, means that we are closer than ever to revealing all the players involved in the IRS Targeting Scandal and securing policies and penalties to ensure IRS viewpoint based discrimination can NEVER happen again.

We are still aggregating data and laying the groundwork for the forensic audit of the 2016 election. Now - in addition to that epic project - we also need to raise additional support for legal efforts in our IRS case. We desperately need financial resources to keep both these groundbreaking efforts moving forward.

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Judge Reggie Walton, of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia just issued a critical order in True the Vote v. IRS case. The order compels the IRS to submit to discovery and depositions, giving True the Vote a long-awaited opportunity to expose the full scope of the discriminatory practices used by the Internal Revenue Service to target and abuse organizations and individuals who expressed political views in opposition to the Obama Administration.

"This is a huge step forward," said TTV founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. “For years, the Internal Revenue Service has tried to cover up the role they played in suppressing True the Vote. Thanks to Judge Walton's Order, we will finally have an opportunity to expose the truth of what really happened inside the IRS offices in Cincinnati, all the way to the West Wing of the Obama White House. We want to ensure that no American will ever again be targeted for viewpoint discrimination by a weaponized government.”

“After four years of obstruction, TTV will finally be able to find out how the IRS Targeting Scheme was put together and who is responsible for it. TTV needs to find out what happened in order to ensure that advocacy groups are not targeted based on their political beliefs by the IRS,” said James Bopp, Jr., attorney for TTV.“ This may involve further orders by the District Court to remedy the IRS’s illegal conduct.” A copy of Judge Walton's Order is attached here.

Case Background: TTV originally filed its application for 501(c)(3) exemption on July 15, 2010. By that time, the IRS had already instituted a viewpoint based targeting program where conservative and Tea Party groups were purposely singled out for adverse treatment by the IRS. As the Treasury Inspector General found in its May, 2013 report, this IRS Targeting Scheme (1) selected groups for special treatment who had “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” of “9/12" in its name or who advocated conservative policy position, (2) subjected the victims to numerous inappropriate and intrusive questioning, and (3) grossly delayed the approval of their applications. When TTV filed suit, right after the Inspector General had exposed the Obama administration’s attack on conservative groups by the IRS, TTV’s charitable application had still not been granted.

Since then, the IRS has (1) refused to acknowledge, even to this day, that the IRS had unconstitutionally targeted conservative groups for adverse treatment, and (2) doggedly obstructed all attempts by TTV to conduct discovery to find out the full nature of the IRS targeting scheme, how it was put together by the Obama Administration and who was responsible for authorizing it.

The IRS’s effort to obstruct the TTV suit had temporary success in 2014 when the DC District Court dismissed the case saying that it was moot since the IRS claimed that it had stopped using “politically disfavored” names to select applicants for special scrutiny and since the IRS had approved TTV’s application.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals, however, disagreed. It held (1) that “the IRS cannot defend its discriminatory conduct on the merits” so it is claiming mootness and (2) that the IRS had not shown that there was “on reasonable expectation that the conduct will recur,” and that subsequent events had “completely and irrevocably eradicated the effects” of the IRS’s discriminatory targeting scheme. They remanded the case to the DC District Court for a “merits disposition based on adjudication of substantive evidence.”

Once back in the District Court in the fall of 2016, the IRS again sought to obstruct TTV’s case by renewing its claim that the case was moot and should be dismissed. TTV, however, moved the District Court for discovery to ferret out the facts of the IRS Targeting Scheme that the IRS had refused to disclose since the beginning. On April 12th, the DC District Court granted TTV’s motion for discovery, permitting TTV to discover the “past acts of alleged discrimination stemming from the alleged illegal targeting scheme” to ensure that the IRS has “eradicated the effects” of its illegal targeting scheme.

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.

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