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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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HOUSTON, TX. – July 20, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today offered reaction to recent federal court decisions impacting photo voter ID laws in Wisconsin and Texas.

“Texans and Wisconsinites can now be assured that their voter ID laws will remain largely in place this November and beyond, but there is still much work to be done,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “However, recent court actions to water down these laws will only invite more chicanery in the least. Election integrity policies alone do not prevent against voter fraud and irregularity. Our polling places must be operated and observed by Americans who understand the rules and are willing to enforce them. It’s time to step up.”

The True the Vote founder explained the growing need for new election volunteers across the nation:

“State and local election officials around the country are literally posting ‘Help Wanted’ signs to make the 2016 Election run smoothly. Whether voters have the benefit of a voter ID law enforced in their state or not, their help is needed in the polling place. True the Vote stands ready to train and facilitate the deployment of a new generation of volunteers – just as it has done in the past.”

TTV encourages concerned voters to enroll in online training today at network.truethevote.org.

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.

VoteStand is now available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices free of charge. For more detailed technical information, visit the official VoteStand website at www.votestand.com.

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220+ Cases of Potential Double Voting Found in Florida’s Largest Counties

ST. PETERSBURG, FL. -- July 6, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced new details surrounding a recent study of Florida’s voter rolls ahead of the 2016 Election.

More than 36,000 voter registrations across 16 counties have been flagged and submitted to election supervisors to further investigate the following:

  • 15,400 sets of duplicated voter registrations;
  • 221 potential cases of double voting uncovered among the duplicated registrations;
  • 2,400 cases of voters over the age of 105 displaying recent periods of inactivity;
  • 185 cases of illegal residential addresses claimed at commercial mailbox stores;
  • 500+ cases of incomplete voter registrations entered into the Florida voter roll: missing legal names;
  • 2,500+ cases of incomplete voter registrations entered into the Florida voter roll: missing legal addresses; and
  • More than a dozen cases of minors registered to vote who will not be 18 in time for the 2016 Election.

True the Vote studied the 10 largest counties by population, plus 6 additional counties identified by TTV as being historically problematic, specifically those in which more than 100% of the eligible population has been registered to vote. True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht stressed the timeliness of the research effort.

“As shocking as the findings are, the good news is that there’s still time to correct these problems before early voting kicks off. Several of the counties in our study have already contacted TTV to assure us of their intent to address these issues immediately. This volunteer-supported research effort is a great example of what can happen when engaged voters work together with their local election officials to help ensure free and fair elections for everyone.”

Engelbrecht explained the severity of the findings:

“Florida was the epicenter of the Bush v. Gore election debacle in 2000, when the vulnerabilities of our election process were put on full display, hanging chads and all. The best way to improve voter confidence is to make our election process, specifically voter roll maintenance, a priority in every state. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”

Types of Flaws Discovered & Remedies

Duplicate Registrations. Voter duplication can occur for a variety benign and malignant reasons. Communication may fail between the DMV and the election officials who already have a name on file. Digits in birthdates may become transposed in an address update. Forgeries have also been discovered upon official investigation in states like Ohio and North Carolina as well. TTV relies on the recipient counties’ access to confidential data to sort between honest mistakes and fraud. Regardless, records are merged or purged as appropriate. The organization suggests that existing duplicate discovery strategies be broadened to spot transposed data entries and other clerical errors. TTV has shared its discovery techniques in other states upon request.

Potential Double Voting. Among duplicate registrations, potential double voting becomes apparent in many cases. Again, election officials can probe between two unique ballots cast by the same person. It is also common to see where the duplication created confusion at the check-in table and mistakenly recorded a person’s presence twice. Only one ballot is actually cast, but that confusion lengthened the queue all the same. Bona fide double voters are expected to be referred to local prosecutors.

Potentially Deceased Voters. Voters aged 105 or greater risk falling through the cracks of a federally-mandated maintenance protocol. Recipient counties are urged to review available death and incapacity data to ensure no record was overlooked.

Illegal Residential Addresses. No prospective Florida voter may claim a PO Box or commercial mail facility (UPS Store, Mailboxes Etc., etc.) as a residential address. To police this, counties are expected to develop exhaustive lists of addresses within the jurisdiction that qualify for voter registration. True the Vote’s discussions with various counties confirm this practice – yet some locales reported greater effectiveness than others at the task. TTV sampled four counties (# registrations): Miami-Dade (87), Broward (25), Palm Beach (61), and Orange (12). The organization urges counties to review blacklisting procedures going forward.

Missing Names/Addresses. Exactly as described, these issues are borne out of incomplete voter registration applications that were mistakenly entered into the statewide roll. Multiple counties told TTV that although these records may be listed as ACTIVE, safeguards are in place to ensure that election mailings do not proceed. TTV urges counties to review data entry procedures, as incomplete applications should never reach the voter file, according to interviewed counties.

Registered Minors. This matter is unique to Florida thus far in TTV’s national research effort. Well-established law allows minors to register to vote if they are 18 in time for the upcoming general election. In these cases, registered minors still will not be of age to participate. Like listed above, TTV suggests that application data entry procedures be reviewed where necessary.

Prior Maintenance Successes

Although True the Vote does not have authority to lay challenges on voter registration files, it is allowed to review maintenance records held by the counties in question, according to public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act. As of this release, TTV has successfully spotted and assisted in the cleaning of more than 100,000 voter registrations in North Carolina, Ohio and Colorado. After official review of TTV work, Ohio officials discovered that nearly a third of duplications in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) were intentionally created by ACORN, Organizing for America and other local groups.

For a closer look at TTV findings, contact media@truethevote.org.  

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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More than a thousand voter registrations removed in Cleveland, Columbus

HOUSTON, TX. -- March 10, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced details surrounding its effort to help Cuyahoga and Franklin County officials in Ohio remove more than a thousand duplicate voter registrations ahead of voting in 2016.

Upon receipt of True the Vote’s research, 711 duplicate voter registrations were removed in Cuyahoga County, while 465 sets were processed in Franklin County.

“Because of Ohio’s consistent role as a decisive swing state in America’s elections, it has a duty to ensure that its voter records are in the best shape possible,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Having duplicate voters in Ohio’s poll books not only creates confusion at the polling place, but raises the possibility of fraudulent double voting. The Buckeye State has recently seen first-hand just how far some are willing to go to see their candidate or cause win.”

Significant Evidence of Foul Play

Roughly 30 percent of voters registered twice in the Cleveland area evidenced falsified birthdates, Social Security Numbers and other identifiers, originally submitted by Democratic-leaning organizations (i.e. ACORN, Field Works, The Strategy Network, Organizing for America), according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Each confirmed duplicate voter registration was subsequently purged or merged into an existing, verifiable record.

“While many voter records may become duplicated due to data management breakdowns, you have a different issue entirely when nearly a third of the irregularities show a pattern of intentional forgery,” Engelbrecht said. “Americans working in the polls and casting ballots must be extra vigilant this year to help spot irregularities that can throw an entire election into question.”

ACORN’s Record of Questionable Voter Registration Activities

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) held a well-established track record of supplying local election officials with questionable voter registration forms across Midwestern and other political battleground states for years. The organization boasted more than 1.3 million voter registrations submitted in 2008 alone. After its formal dissolution, 18 employees were convicted or admitted guilt to committing election crimes. Significant amounts of their work were officially questioned:

  • In Ohio, a Cleveland man claimed he was given money and goods to register to vote dozens times, resulting in subpoenas;
  • In Indiana, more than 2,000 applications were falsified as part of a batch delivered hours before the registration deadline; and
  • In Florida, 11 ACORN workers were arrested after submitting roughly 1,400 applications with approximately 900 of those falsified.

Prior Maintenance Successes

Although True the Vote does not have authority to lay citizen challenges on voter registration files, it is allowed to review maintenance records held by the counties in question, according to public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act. As of this release, TTV has been notified that thousands of duplicate voter registration pairs have been removed in a similar effort in North Carolina.

True the Vote originally brought a federal lawsuit against the State of Ohio in August 2012 over allegations of voter roll maintenance failures, finding three counties with more registered voters than voting-age residents. The suit ended in a favorable settlement agreement in January 2014 with measurable reductions in bloated voter rolls sustained thereafter.  

 

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.

VoteStand is now available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices free of charge. For more detailed technical information, visit the official VoteStand website at www.votestand.com.

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HOUSTON, TX. – February 22, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today offered comment on a recent lawsuit filed by a collection of progressive interest groups with assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, intent on removing citizenship verification measures in voter registration.

Litigation was initially triggered after the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) granted the requests of Kansas, Georgia and Alabama to require local users of the National Mail Voter Registration Form to submit documentary proof of U.S. citizenship. Since the filing, DOJ attorneys originally slated to represent the EAC in court today abandoned their client party and barred the Commission from providing its own legal representation, according to filings released today.

“In advance of the 2016 election, the Obama Administration and its radicalized Department of Justice have launched a full scale effort to embolden leftist political allies and destroy election integrity,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Today’s message is clear: any state or federal agency that works to prevent non-U.S. citizens from registering to vote in 2016 will witness the full wrath — lawful or not -- of the Department of Justice.”

“We are being ruled by a government that brazenly uses its own Department of Justice to support the lawsuits of progressive interest groups while simultaneously denies defendants the right to legal representation in court. If the American people do not stand against this assault on liberty, where will it end?” Engelbrecht continued.

The True the Vote founder stressed that regular American voters have a role to play in fighting back against DOJ overreach, regardless of the court case’s outcome:

“What we are witnessing is the common thug ethic on unabashed display in Washington. Common thugs use fear and intimidation as a means to control. Common thugs take what they want, never mind the collateral damage. Common thugs walk out on their responsibilities for selfish convenience. But, these common thugs can be stopped if law-abiding citizens will stand their ground. This November, True the Vote-trained election monitors will be mobilized from coast to coast to ensure that the rule of law is upheld at the polling place.”

 

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.

VoteStand is now available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices free of charge. For more detailed technical information, visit the official VoteStand website at www.votestand.com.

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*True the Vote Research Triggers the Removal of Faulty Voter Registrations across North Carolina

*New Procedures Adopted in Multiple Counties to Prevent Future Problems

HOUSTON, TX. -- February 19, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a report on its recent discovery of thousands of duplicate voter registrations in North Carolina’s ten largest counties and the coordinated attempts by left-leaning political organizations to threaten the NC counties with new litigation and hostile document demands in a failed effort to stall lawful maintenance efforts.

To date, thousands of voter registrations have been merged or purged in Wake, Guilford, Cumberland, Gaston, New Hanover and Union Counties.

The goal of this project is simple: find as many duplicate voter registrations as possible; then, work with counties to resolve existing issues and explore new preventative measures,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. North Carolinians would be proud to know that their election officials have taken this matter seriously by following state and federal laws.”

True the Vote stressed the most important achievements of this effort.

This is not a numbers game,” Engelbrecht added. TTV takes on projects like this one with the hope of inspiring local authorities to look for new angles, improving standard operating procedures, and utilizing resources more efficiently to keep voter records clean. Across this state, counties have informed us that their offices have been instructed to take action in helping ensure the integrity of their voter rolls. North Carolina is providing the blueprint for how officials and concerned citizens can work together.”

The following table outlines the total number of duplicate voter registration sets submitted for review in each county, compared to the number of those that were later merged/purged or are still under official review (P).
 

County

Duplicates Flagged

Merged/Purged

Mecklenburg

1,754

P

Wake

417

374

Guilford

493

655

Forsyth

642

P

Cumberland

467

439

Durham

496

P

Buncombe

142

P

Gaston

78

70

New Hanover

347

276

Union

68

62

Political Efforts to Disrupt the Cleanup

Upon completion of official review, TTV uncovered coordinated attempts by the left-leaning political organizations, Demos and Democracy NC, in their apparent attempts to stall or prevent counties from cleaning voter records in accordance with state and federal requirements. One such example, a letter sent by the anti-voter ID activist group DEMOS to multiple NC counties, explicitly threatened legal action as a result of True the Vote’s efforts to raise awareness and advocate for cleanup. An excerpt follows:

"Demos has learned that you recently received a letter from True the Vote providing lists of alleged ‘potential duplicate voters’ and demanding that you take action to remove them from your voter registration roll. Further, we understand that you have already removed some or all of these voters from your voter roll … [S]uch improper removals constitute violations of the [National Voter Registration Act]. Your hasty action to purge your voter roll of purported duplicates in response to unsubstantiated information provided by a third party raises significant concerns that rigorous procedures were not followed and that such violations may have occurred."

TTV Founder Engelbrecht responded to this discovery:

"For generations, leftist political organizations masquerading as ‘civil rights groups’ have bullied our county election offices in order to engineer partisan election outcomes. It should come as no surprise that the same groups who would block simple maintenance efforts are also outspoken critics of North Carolina’s voter ID law. True the Vote holds election integrity above political advantage. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for these groups."

To read a copy of the legal threats, click here.

True the Vote is slated to release the results of similar research efforts in other battleground states in the weeks ahead.

To read earlier details of this effort in North Carolina, click 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.

VoteStand is now available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices free of charge. For more detailed technical information, visit the official VoteStand website at www.votestand.com.

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HOUSTON, TX. -- October 23, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s disclosure that its investigation into IRS targeting of tax-exempt groups has closed.

This is the act of a lawless Administration. Consider all we’ve already seen on their watch, from the Fast and Furious murders to Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s abuse of top secret emails -- the FBI’s  closing of their investigation is par for course in the Obama Administration, where criminals walk free and honest Americans fear their government,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. 

To say there is no evidence of discrimination makes a grand mockery of all the hearings held over the past two years, when average citizens testified before Congress about IRS targeting. There is a trail of documentation that clearly shows the abuse of American citizens who’d been singled for their perceived political views. The evidence is all readily available. Yet, this very minute I’ve still not been interviewed about the abuses we endured because the DOJ has refused to meet with me unless they can pack the room with the same group of lawyers who are currently fighting against True the Vote by defending the IRS in court,Engelbrecht continued.  

“The FBI has failed to protect the interests of the American people, choosing instead to help a political party tidy up loose ends before a presidential election. But come November, voters can do what bureaucrats won’t – they can choose to clean house in DC and end the rampant lawlessness of an Administration that is corroding our Country from the inside out.”

True the Vote’s lawsuit against the IRS continues with hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. in early 2016.

Click here to read the DOJ letter to the House Ways and Means Committee reporting the IRS investigation closed.

 

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.

VoteStand is now available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices free of charge. For more detailed technical information, visit the official VoteStand website at www.votestand.com.

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