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10 Largest NC Counties Flagged for Duplicate Voter Registrations

HOUSTON, TX. -- September 28, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released details of an effort to identify and remove duplicate voter registrations in North Carolina’s largest counties by population.

“History has shown that inaccurate voter registries lead to inaccurate elections, yet our research continues to find significant problems in the nation’s registry and very little evidence of active efforts to correct those problems.  Now, ahead of an incredibly consequential 2016 election cycle, True the Vote is thrilled to announce that North Carolina is helping to break a national cycle of carelessness by using TTV research to clean up voter rolls in ten of its largest counties,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “With the support of indefatigable volunteers who work with us to research their local voter registries, in just the past few weeks TTV found thousands of clearly duplicated voter registrations in North Carolina. Our goal now is to collaborate with these NC counties to ensure that legitimate voters are registered once - and only once. From a national perspective, we’re just getting started.”

County

Duplicates

Mecklenburg

1,754

Wake

417

Guilford

493

Forsyth

642

Cumberland

467

Durham

496

Buncombe

142

Gaston

78

New Hanover

347

Union

68

 

 

Flagging Registrations

True the Vote began its review of the 10 largest North Carolina counties in August, ending this week. Each county was sent a spreadsheet detailing the total number of potential duplicate registrations, sorted by “Likely” and “Possible” pairs. Likely pairs tend to have identical name spellings, age and residential addresses – yet show an additional middle name or suffix not found in both records. Possible pairs exhibit fewer correlations, usually due to name spelling or other potential clerical errors.

“Likely” Example:

ID: 123456| Name: Smith, John | Age: 29 | 123 Main Street | Date of Reg.: 6/11/2012

ID: 654321 | Name: Smith, John Adams | Age: 29 | 123 Main Street | Date of Reg.: 10/1/2014

“Possible” Example:

ID: 8675309 | Name: McDougal, Daniel | Age: 35 | 456 1st Street | Date of Reg.: 1/5/1995

ID: 9035768 | Name: Mc Dougal, Daneil | Age: 36 | 456 1st Street | Date of Reg.: 5/7/2007

True the Vote also highlighted thousands of records claiming a voter’s age to exceed 109 years that were not already listed as ‘REMOVED’ or ‘DENIED’ in the county file for further internal review.

Early Maintenance Success

Although True the Vote does not have statutory authority to lay citizen challenges on voter registration files, it is allowed to review maintenance records held by the respective counties in question, according to public inspection rights under the National Voter Registration Act. As of this release, TTV has been notified that the Guilford County Board of Elections merged or purged a total of 655 duplicate voter registrations upon review of the citizen research. In addition, Mecklenburg, Wake, New Hanover, Cumberland and Forsyth Counties have confirmed to TTV that findings are currently being processed.

True the Vote is currently performing duplicate research surveys in each of the 10 largest counties of Ohio and Colorado in preparation for the 2016 Election.

 

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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AB 1461 Will Lead to ‘State Sanctioned’ Voter Fraud

Key Highlights

  • Bad Timing: CA automatic voter registration bill would operate in tandem with existing law allowing noncitizens to receive driver licenses
  • Bad Data Practices: California’s DMV records are unable to differentiate between U.S. citizen and noncitizens when automatically plugging them into voter rolls
  • Sanctioning Fraud: Noncitizens found voting will be excused from prosecution
  • Universal Concern: TTV, EIP-CA, ACLU, AAAJ and others agree that millions of votes could be wrongfully cast

 

HOUSTON, TX. / LOS ANGELES, CA. -- September 21, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization and the Election Integrity Project of California, a nonpartisan citizen group dedicated to improving California’s elections, today called on Governor Jerry Brown to veto AB 1461, the California New Motor Voter Program.

After months of study and communication with lawmakers and state agencies alike, the election integrity organizations demand that AB 1461 be vetoed.

This bill is terrible. It makes an already bad situation much, much worse,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The California New Motor Voter Program promises to improve voter participation by automatically registering CA-DMV customers to vote.  What’s been conveniently overlooked is that California’s registration databases lack the necessary safeguards to keep non-citizens off the voter rolls. Now, legislators are quite literally asking Gov. Brown to intentionally, systematically, push millions of non-citizens onto California’s voter rolls.”

“AB 1461 will effectively change the form of governance in California from a Republic whose elected officials are determined by United States citizens and will guarantee that noncitizens will be the deciding factor in all California elections going forward,” Election Integrity Project of California President Linda Paine said. “The Secretary of State has ignored the concerns of citizens for many years, so it is not surprising that this office supports a bill that facilitates noncitizens to register and vote with prosecutorial immunity. We call on Governor Brown to veto this brazen attempt to completely break down the integrity of California’s election process to the point that it cannot be repaired.”

Confusing U.S. Citizens with Noncitizens

Unlike the few other states that have opted for or are considering automatic voter registration through driver license agencies, pre-existing California law (AB 60) allows for the issuance of driver’s licenses to noncitizens regardless of ability to prove legal presence. Recent estimates provided by CA-DMV claim nearly 700,000 individuals had taken advantage of the new licensing privileges since first offered in January 2015.

During interviews with TTV research staff, the CA-DMV Legal Affairs Division explained that the agency’s licensing records were not designed to differentiate noncitizen drivers from U.S. citizens, nor were there plans to create a stand-alone list of AB 60 recipients. Simply put, other offices, such as the California Secretary of State, would not be readily able to discern voter eligibility relying on incoming CA-DMV database records. As a contrast, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration explained to TTV that noncitizen drivers were easily identified in their database thanks to unique indicators.[1]

State-Sanctioned Fraud

In previous versions of AB 1461, the bill required that the CA-DMV transmit “the document code or equivalent identifier associated with the document the person provided to prove that his or her presence in the United States is authorized under federal law and that the applicant is a citizen of the United States” to statewide voter registration officials during the automation process. The bill currently on Governor Brown’s desk now contains no such language, as it was stripped prior to enrollment.[2] Further, the current bill provides the sole responsibility of ensuring that only U.S. citizens are registered to vote be placed with the Secretary of State – forcing voter registrars to sift through six-figure sums of applications without clear citizenship indicators.[3]   

Finally, AB 1461 Section 2269 protects ineligible voters from criminal prosecution:

“If a person who is ineligible to vote becomes registered to vote pursuant to this chapter and votes or attempts to vote in an election held after the effective date of the person’s registration, that person shall be presumed to have acted with official authorization and shall not be guilty of fraudulently voting or attempting to vote pursuant to Section 18560, unless that person willfully votes or attempts to vote knowing that he or she is not entitled to vote.”

Widespread Concern for AB 1461

True the Vote and the Election Integrity Project of California are not alone in demanding AB 1461 be vetoed due to heightened concerns of noncitizen votes diluting the value of legal ones. The California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice have both spoken against the bill over concerns that the millions of noncitizens residing in the state could be mistaken for U.S. citizens and participate in elections.[4]

“Governor Brown has a very simple decision to make,” TTV Founder Engelbrecht added. He can veto a bill that facilitates widespread election fraud or he can rubber-stamp a measure that decimates whatever faith is still left in California’s election system. The choice should be clear.”

 

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.

EIP is a nonpartisan, group of U.S. and California citizen volunteers seeking to fulfill our duty to actively participate in the governing of our state/country by helping to ensure the integrity of the voting process which protects our freedoms and way of life. EIP volunteers seek to protect a government of, by, and for the people by maintaining an active role in that part of government which empowers us with the most fundamental right of a Constitutional Republic ~ the right to choose our representatives by vote. To learn more, visit www.electionintegrityproject.com

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[1] Email conversation with MVA External Affairs Division, May 20, 2015

[2] Sec. 2263(b)(1)(E)

[3] Sec. 2262(b)

[4] California Senate Standing Committee on Transportation and Housing, July 14, 2015

136 Counties in 21 States Have More Registered Voters than Adult Residents

HOUSTON, TX. -- August 27, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced its latest findings in an ongoing effort to reduce outdated records in America’s voter rolls.

136 counties in 21 states were given notices of potential violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, requiring election officials to make reasonable efforts to maintain voter rolls. Counties in receipt are demonstrated to have more than 100 percent voter registration at the time of the 2014 Election and have not indicated any significant effort to address the problem in the months following.

It’s important that engaged voters keep the pressure on election officials to ensure that outdated or ineligible records are quickly addressed,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Bloated voter rolls hurt everyone. Deceased voters aren't removed, duplicate registrations aren't revoked and the records of voters who've relocated aren't corrected. Low verification standards, like absence of voter ID, add to the confusion. Bloated rolls create the ideal environment for identity theft and voter fraud.

“With the U.S. Justice Department still refusing to set a national standard and enforce federal maintenance requirements, we’re now starting to see entire states come close to showing over 100 percent registration,” Engelbrecht added.

Key Highlights

  • Who’s the Worst: Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana lead the nation in counties with 100% plus voter registration rates with more than 10 each (total voter registration rate per state)
    • Kentucky 94%
    • Michigan – 95%
    • Indiana – 92%
  • Becoming an Urban Problem: Larger, suburban counties in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan without a history of 100% plus rates are now over the line
  • 2016: The states represented in this most recent finding account for 305 Electoral College votes –a landslide total

Counties in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia received pre-litigation notices. True the Vote has requested that the counties outline efforts to remove dead, felon, moved or otherwise ineligible voters ahead of the 2016 election season to avoid litigation.

This latest research finding builds upon a body of work that has led to lawsuits against the States of Indiana and Ohio to update voter rolls in 2012.

 

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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Alabama

Lowndes

Macon

Perry

Greene

Wilcox

Marengo

Washington

Hale

Choctaw

Conecuh

 

Arizona

Apache

 

California

Modoc

Siskiyou

San Diego

Stanislaus

Alameda

San Bernardino

Kings

 

Colorado

Mineral

San Juan

Ouray

Jackson

Summit

Dolores

Gilpin

Douglas

 

Florida

St. Johns*

Santa Rosa*

 

Illinois

Jersey

Scott

Pulaski

 

Indiana

Crawford

Franklin

Scott

Brown

Union

Tipton

Orange

Newton

Clark

Dearborn

Warrick

Boone

Vanderburgh

Martin

 

Kansas

Gove

Cherokee*

Bourbon

Meade

Smith

 

Kentucky

Breathitt

Menifee

Trimble

Fulton

Anderson

Mercer

Boone

Monroe

Magoffin

Powell

Oldham

Carlisle

Cumberland

Wolfe

Bath

Hancock

Floyd

Trigg

Greenup

Spencer

McCracken

Caldwell

Woodford

 

Louisiana

Tensas

 

Michigan

Leelanau

Otsego

Antrim

Keweenaw

Kalkaska

Roscommon

Emmet

Charlevoix

Dickinson

Ontonagon

Benzie

Berrien

Mackinac

Genesee

Gogebic

Gladwin

Alcona

Montmorency

 

Mississippi

Tunica

Issaquena

Bolivar

Noxubee

Madison

Choctaw

Lauderdale

Leake

Lincoln

Amite

Franklin

Grenada

 

Montana

Petroleum

 

Nebraska

Loup

Wheeler

Kimball

Thurston

Keya Paha

 

New Mexico

Harding

Mora

Los Alamos

Catron

 

New York

Hamilton

 

Ohio

Lawrence

 

South Dakota

Hanson

Campbell

Union

Lake

 

Tennessee

Pickett

Van Buren

 

Texas

Loving

Brooks

McMullen

Kenedy

Roberts

Irion

Jim Hogg

Zavala**

Culberson
Polk

Edwards

 

West Virginia

Lincoln

Mingo

McDowell

 

*Denotes a county receiving a pre-notice voter registration records inspection request

**Denotes pending litigation on the matter

HOUSTON, TX. -- August 5, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today reacted to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling striking down Texas’ photo voter identification law.

This ruling tells concerned citizens that an election integrity policy like voter ID can be struck down even after it has proven to not be enacted with any discriminatory intent,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “The sanctity of the vote will now break with whoever can best contrive conclusions through craftily curated datasets in the absence of current, concrete evidence.

One saving grace is that the 5th Circuit has directed all concerned to correct Texas’ voter ID law -- while respecting its original intent of preventing fraud and improving trust in our elections. True the Vote has been a leading advocate for voter ID. We will continue to work, on behalf of all Texans, for common- sense election reforms and bring voter ID back to the state.”

 

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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Early Testing Yields Insight into Behavioral Patterns in Clinton Emails

HOUSTON, TX. -- July 7, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced the testing of its latest online research tool, TrueThis, is underway. TrueThis has been designed to facilitate data mining through citizen crowdsourcing in an open, online environment.

Originally developed to perform text and data analysis for documents related to the IRS’s admitted targeting scheme, TrueThis allows citizen researchers to upload, assimilate, and mine bulk data gathered through open records disclosures, lawsuit discovery, and other avenues of data collection.

“In anticipation of the coming discovery phase in our lawsuit against the IRS, TTV has been working around the clock to build an online application that we can use to disseminate the contents of all email correspondence in a way that is public, transparent, expedient, and insightful.” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Good research – be it election integrity related or otherwise – requires an ability to simultaneously handle incredibly large amounts of differing data types.

“Using our TrueThis application, the hundreds of nonprofit groups that bore the brunt of the IRS’s abuse will now be able to collaboratively combine Lois Lerner emails, harassment letters, correspondence with IRS technicians, and original applications to discern new insights into how and why the agency made the decision to target these organizations and the private citizens affiliated with them.” Engelbrecht continued. “Imagine being able to create a timeline that reflects specific points of inspiration, execution and aftermath in every harassing question posed by the IRS, for every target – and to create it within minutes, when conventional research methods could take years. Simply put, TrueThis will empower citizens to participate in the crowdsourcing of truth.  Ten-thousand-page, Friday-afternoon document dumps can now be distilled, mined, and analyzed by Monday morning.”

TrueThis will directly address an emerging need within the greater election integrity movement.

“Citizen researchers have increasingly utilized open records laws in their respective states to collect data necessary to understand how best to advocate for improved election processes,” Engelbrecht added. “These engaged voters tell us that it’s common for reams of documents to be offered in lieu of specifically requested records. With TrueThis, massive amounts of documentation, from troves of email correspondence regarding voter roll maintenance to statewide petitions, can be quickly processed and analyzed.”

Early Testing

Due to delays in the federal courts and in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) administrative processes to dislodge controversial Lois Lerner and other IRS email files, True the Vote opted to launch its first data-mining test using the recently released batch of emails belonging to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Significant media coverage has been given to cursory reviews of these emails, focusing on a specific body of quotes or general subject matters. With TrueThis, TTV is looking beyond basic observations to examine relationship and response patterns - focusing initially on the patterns involving Clinton associate Sidney Blumenthal.

Clinton campaign spin and related media reports have asserted that Blumenthal emails were unsolicited and widely reported to “strain credulity” in some instances – forging the intended popular understanding that said emails generally fell on deaf inboxes. However, the behavioral pattern within the email metadata tells a different story:

  • Of the 100 plus email files disclosed by the State Department directly involving Blumenthal, nearly every email sent by Blumenthal led to a Reply, Reply All or Forward command by former Secretary Clinton to her immediate staff;
     
  • 78 percent of all emails Clinton received from Blumenthal were forwarded to staff for distribution and other purposes.

TrueThis testing is expected to continue through summer 2015, as new State Department disclosures are announced, in preparation for the forthcoming delivery of IRS document releases.

 

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. -- June 29, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari for the noncitizen voter registration case, Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al. (Case nos. 14-3062, 14-3072).

The plaintiffs originally sought permission to require individuals in Arizona and Kansas utilizing the federal voter registration form to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when applying. An amicus brief filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation relied on True the Vote’s research to demonstrate how current mechanisms were failing to block admitted noncitizens from voter registration.

“This Supreme Court development is only a brief setback in the greater cause for improving citizenship verification mechanisms in voter registration,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “With the judicial option taken off the table for now, states can now focus on truly owning their data as they serve resident citizens. Improved data ownership means embracing technologies readily available which verify customer inputs in real time. This new approach also requires improved information sharing between state agencies – with citizens holding all parties accountable.

“Today’s decision is yet another reminder that if citizens demand improved election integrity, they must first look to themselves,” Engelbrecht continued. “ True the Vote will continue to lead the effort toward a more trustworthy and engaging election experience for all.” 

 

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. -- June 4, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in response to 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s remarks at Texas Southern University.

Early Voting

“The blatant hypocrisy in Hillary Clinton’s words tells me all I need to know about where her campaign is headed,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “If Mrs. Clinton were genuinely concerned about state policies on early voting, her speech shouldn't have been given in Texas, a state that already has a successful early voting program, but rather in her adopted home of New York, a state that has no early voting option at all. If her solution to this claimed civil rights issue is requiring states have 20 days of early voting, then why did her campaign sanction a lawsuit against Ohio on the basis of its early election program, which is already 28 days long?” 

Mandatory Registration

“Clinton’s embrace of mandatory or ‘universal’ voter registration may sound above reproach, but the actual means to accomplish such a policy would risk substantial voter dilution for citizens. For such a federal policy to work, Washington voter registrars would be dependent on Social Security, driver license and other social service agencies already proven to commingle citizens and illegal aliens for new records.

“Mrs. Clinton’s condemnation of voter ID laws is an unsurprising development given her demonstrated disdain for transparency in government.

As always, the issue is never the issue,” Engelbrecht continued. “Mrs. Clinton's position on voting rights is not really about voters or rights, it's about expanding Washington's takeover of state and local powers through federal mandates and courtroom intimidation. This speech has put the American electorate on notice that the same D.C. bureaucrats willing to target and abuse organizations like True the Vote will soon control the entire franchise – unless Americans rise up.”

 

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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Cited TTV Analysis Demonstrates Need for Citizenship Checks Sought in Kobach v. EAC

HOUSTON, TX. -- April 21, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today offered full support for an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging an appeal be granted for Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al. (Case no. 14-1164). The brief cites TTV research demonstrating that admitted noncitizens were able to register to vote.

In late 2010, True the Vote uncovered numerous cases of apparent fraud in Harris County, Texas, where individuals professed non-citizenship when completing voter registration forms and were eventually placed on the voter roll. Researchers also exposed cases of voters claiming both foreign and U.S. citizenship statuses – all making their way onto the registry. A sampling of findings was furnished to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for further review, yet no clear action was taken thereafter.

True the Vote’s citizen research was cited to counter recent DOJ claims that current enforcement of federal laws pertaining to voter registration does not warrant added citizenship verification.

“This filing will hopefully prove a testament to just how much can be accomplished when concerned citizens, legal foundations and public officials work toward the goal of improved election integrity,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “It’s truly satisfying to know that the hard work of regular citizens could potentially inspire citizenship verification in voter registration.”

The amicus brief in Kobach v. EAC was filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU).

True the Vote has a track record of supporting the plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit. In 2013, Kansas, Arizona and Georgia requested that the Election Assistance Commission amend instructions for those applying for voter registration to provide proof of citizenship. During the public comment period, the EAC acknowledged True the Vote’s analysis that such a requirement would be predictable – particularly for new U.S. citizens – given similar requirements throughout North America.

A copy of the amicus briefing may 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.

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. -- April 1, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to not seek criminal contempt charges for former IRS official Lois Lerner:

The double standard is breathtaking,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “Lois Lerner played the part of front line operative in a targeting scandal that reveled in ‘putting politics before a citizen’s constitutional rights.’ Time and again, Lerner abused the power of her IRS position to shut down organizations whose views she did not share. Her lawyer said she’s focused on returning to a normal life. How about those lives she worked to destroy?

Lerner may have beaten the contempt of Congress issue, but True the Vote has no intention of backing off now. We can confirm that the FBI’s criminal investigation continues on through numerous Freedom of Information Act requests filed. 

"Lerner will forever be remembered as the symbol of an Administration willing to betray the trust of the American people for the sake of its own political survival.

 

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. -- March 23, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline further hearing of the challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law:

This is the day that millions of Wisconsin voters have been waiting for,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. Today’s decision is by no means a partisan victory, as every citizen participating in the electoral process can know with confidence that only their ballot will be waiting when they go vote.”

In preparation for the likelihood of Wisconsin’s voter identification law being enforced, True the Vote began the process of developing a citizen-led auxiliary system to support state efforts which help voters obtain free identification. The Texas pilot program, ‘NEED ID’, offered voter registration and ID help desk programs prior to the 2014 General Election.

True the Vote has been preparing for this day with local citizen leaders for months,” Engelbrecht continued.Our task is not a difficult one -- engaged voters across the state stand ready to help their neighbors access free identification.

“Our movement was built on the idea that voters should engage and educate each other on how to best rebuild accountability into the voting process. Today’s news in Wisconsin marks a critical accomplishment in the national push for election integrity,” Engelbrecht concluded.

True the Vote encourages Wisconsin voters in need of free identification to review the Department of Transportation website for official instructions or contact TTV assistors for additional guidance.

 

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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