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Keeping count of the recounts

Sore losers are never pretty, but bored losers are worse. We should have seen it coming. After all, how complete would this epic 2016 Election be without an epilogue? If you haven’t stayed current with each twist and turn brought forth thanks to Green Party Candidate Jill Stein’s recount tour of the Rust Belt, here’s the latest update from each state.

Wisconsin. By the time you read this, the Badger State’s actual recount will be roughly 75 percent complete and on track to finish on December 12. Stein’s $3.5 million exercise has left the status of the tabulation virtually unchanged. Historically, recounts will lead to increased vote totals for each major candidate for a myriad of reasons. No big deal. As all candidates see more votes in a recount, the question becomes: will a trailing party see so many new ballots that they overtake the leader? The numbers lay out thusly: Trump received 410 new votes, compared to Clinton’s 492 (allowing her to cut 82 votes into the overall margin of victory). Stein picked up 60, for a rate of $58,000 per vote! She probably would have been better off working on her graffiti skills in North Dakota.

Michigan. The hand recount of 4.8 million votes was halted after U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith found that "there is no basis" for him to allow the effort to continue --especially after a state appellate court ruled unanimously that it should have never happened. Unlike Wisconsin, the MI recount would have been paid for by the taxpayers. Republican figureheads warned that the total price tag could have landed around $5 million.

Pennsylvania. This one never really got off the ground for a variety of reasons. But the final nail in the coffin was the Green Party’s decision to drop the statewide lawsuit that would have triggered the recount.

Former ICE Agent: Yeah, noncitizens are found as registered voters a lot

Major discussions in 2017 will center on: 1) the true impact of noncitizen voting, and 2) how the nation can stop it. One former immigration officer doesn’t pull any punches concerning how bad the problem is. Retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Claude Arnold noted in a recent Fox News interview that during his career, he “routinely” found voter registration cards on the 1,000 plus individuals he apprehended beyond the border. Arnold summed up the problem of noncitizen voting this way: “it’s easy to do it and it’s being done.”

Voter fraud flips another election…

Hate to say we told you so, but that’s kind of part of our job. An election in south Texas has been ruled for a do-over after an absentee ballot fraud claim was made in a local court. The original vote count decided the winner of a Hidalgo City Council seat by six votes. Local news outlets report that the mulligan will occur in March 2017.

Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, we hope you noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created by True the Vote to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms -- either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around. Do us a favor and let us know if you see an incident that should be added to this active and dynamic database!

What Did We Learn from VoteStand in 2016?

True the Vote's first presidential election cycle with the reporting app, VoteStand, gave us a chance to really see what voters across the country were experiencing and redoubled our resolve to push for critical reforms in 2017. We received reports from 29 states. We’re still reviewing details, but here’s a general breakdown of reports by category.

In the weeks ahead, TTV will continue working to verify outstanding reports. If you would like to submit a report about your election experience, please do – we are still hearing from voters all over the country and we want to hear from you, too!  Download VoteStand today if you have not already.

Remember the IRS Lawsuit?

TTV is living proof that the wheels of justice turn slowly. A critical court hearing in D.C. this week will determine the ultimate trajectory of how the case advances. On a separate note, a second appeal was filed to the U.S. Supreme Court last week to address the matter of whether individual defendants like Lois Lerner and former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman should be immune from liability, given that the appellate court has determined that the IRS itself must answer for its misdeeds. You can read more about this filing, here. Keep a close eye on your inbox for breaking announcements in the days ahead. TTV could likely begin real discovery into the IRS very soon.

So, What’s Next for You?

The 2016 Election is over….but the next phase in the election integrity cycle is fast approaching: legislative advocacy season. The notes you took as a poll watcher; the incidents reported near you in VoteStand; local news reports and others are all valuable assets to begin to build out a list of legislative reforms in your state. You can get an idea for your state’s legislative schedule by starting here. Still unsure as to what you do after that? TTV has you covered with training available now!

Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, you may have noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms -- either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around. Do us a favor and let us know if you see an incident that should be added to this living database!

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

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Hijacking Election Integrity?

Ever since our founding, TTV has witnessed it shortly before each major election.  The larger issue of voting migrates from policy-wonk sections of New York and D.C. media outlets to top-fold, front-page headlines everywhere. But this year, it's different. Claims of "rigged elections" are matching up pound-for-pound against the seasonal freak-outs over "voter suppression and intimidation". This week we even have presidential debate footage to show for it.

But…is the heightened rhetoric on both sides good for the election integrity movement? The finer details are most certainly getting lost. However, there are signs that good people are beginning to open their eyes to the incredible faults and weaknesses in our voting systems that breed fraud and irregularities.

True the Vote has three action items for you – all of them specifically designed to help you make a positive difference in the months ahead.

1. Download our VoteStand app for iPhone and Android devices. Still prefer the rotary? Check out our listing of official voter fraud hotlines.

2. Get trained to be an election observer today. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned vet, our course will get you on track and on your way to the polls.

3. Election integrity doesn't end in November. The lessons we learn and the data we compile will help craft reforms next year when legislatures gavel in. You don't have to be a sharp politico to effect change -- you only need some key pointers on how you can help turn a bill into a law. Sign up for the TTV legislative advocacy course ASAP.

Need an Audio Guide for VoteStand?

TTV's monthly Conference call tackled the how-tos for our new and improved app, VoteStand. If you weren't able to tune in, check out the replay here.

Set Your DVR: TTV on FNC this Monday, Oct. 24th

Tune in to the Fox News Channel on Monday, October 24, during the 8:00am Eastern hour to watch TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht discuss the real election integrity issues facing us this November and beyond.

Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, you may have noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms -- either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around. Do us a favor and let us know if you see an incident that should be added to this ever-expanding database!

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

CO | FL | IA | MI | NH| NV | NC | OH| PA | VA | WI

Need to report an election problem? There’s an app for that.

Have you ever witnessed election fraud or an irregularity at the polling place but just weren’t sure how to report it in a timely manner? TTV has just the tool for you. VoteStand is now available in the Apple and Google apps stores, and it’s absolutely free. Did you get a strange piece of mail lately encouraging your dog to register to vote or threatening YOU with a “voter violation” for not casting a ballot? Has someone offered to buy your absentee ballot? Did you witness people disrupting your polling place? Did your voting machine suffer a malfunction? With the app, all of these issues and more can be reported directly to True the Vote in real-time!

The timing of this release seems perfect after two swing states (New Hampshire and Virginia) reversed course on their so-called “ballot selfie bans”, creating more latitude for voters to better document their experiences as they happen.

Briefly, here’s how it works: after you send an incident report to TTV, we will work with you to confirm certain details and report your problem to appropriate authorities. Your confirmed report will then be published within the app for others to see – similar to a social media newsfeed. Problems are often witnessed well before polls open, so don’t delay. Download VoteStand today!

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to address your next event!

Register for the October 18, 2016 National Webinar: VoteStand 101

Are you new to the VoteStand experience? Unless you were an early-adopter in 2014, you probably are. Fear not, the October National Webinar on Tuesday the 18th will help get you up to speed on best practices. Join us at 7 PM Eastern time as we walk through the app’s features and provide additional resources for proper use. Spots are limited on the webinar and they are filling up earlier than usual. Don’t delay in registering for the event!

The curious case of Arcan Cetin

You may be wondering what happened to the curious case of Arcan Cetin, the Washington State mall shooter from Turkey. State and federal law enforcement initially said Cetin was non-citizen. We discovered he was a registered and actively voting in U.S. elections. Last week, TTV shared Cetin’s voting record with appropriate law enforcement to probe the matter further, taking them at their word with respect to citizenship status. As questions began to mount about what appeared to be a non-citizen voter fraud case, federal immigration enforcement changed their story. Sure, weirder things have happened and bloggers who love to hate TTV tried to pin blame on us – but the reality is, we are asking the questions that need to be asked. The whole episode revealed just how faulty our [non-existent] system of citizenship verification in voter registration actually is, especially when federal authorities apparently can’t keep track of who’s naturalized or not.

States, as a matter of general policy, do not make an effort to verify incoming voter registration applications with respect to citizenship status (with incredibly few exceptions). What’s worse, when they try to change course in either a proactive or reactive manner, DOJ lawsuits proliferate to stop their policies, generally grinding their processes to a halt at best. The results are headlines like we’ve seen this week in Virginia and Pennsylvania where noncitizens were found voting.

It’s not all bad though – the Washington SOS now wants to verify citizenship and more states are likely to consider additional voter registration safeguards following the November election, regardless of who wins the White House. The difference between such bills passing and dying is -- you. If we want to see improvement, citizens must demand it. You can start right now by contacting your lawmakers and letting them know you support common sense legislation to ensure only U.S. citizens vote in U.S. elections.

Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, you may have noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This ever-expanding database hopes to serve as a “living” resource for engaged voters to research election crimes in their various forms, either close to home or across the nation. Start taking a look around, and let us know if you see an incident that should be added!

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

CO | FL | IA | MI | NH| NV | NC | OH| PA | VA | WI

Who’s Watching the Mail Ballot Process? You Can.

Among numerous growing concerns: mail ballot fraud is on the rise; voter roll cleanups are delayed at best; and more states are encouraging voters to trust the USPS with their franchise. Voting by mail is getting more popular. But are observers of the same following the trend? TTV doesn’t think so – but we have a solution.

This week, True the Vote released two new training modules for those wishing to keep a closer eye on the mail ballot process. No matter where you live or how popular the concept is, guidance is now available to get you started. Especially helpful for those who live in Colorado -- a specific course is available for you.

The process to engage is simple: create an account or log into an existing one with the TTV Knowledge Network here. While you’re there, take a look around at our other offerings!

Convert your concerns for election integrity into action today. If you don’t, who will?

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to address your next event!

Watch the September 2016 National Webinar Replay

This month we discussed the value of a new form of election observation: vote by mail. Yes, you can actually keep your eyes on that process, too! If you missed the webinar, you can access a replay, here.

Engelbrecht: Voter ID Dissenters are Basic Alinsky Agitators

True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht cut through the noise this week with respect to those who fight against voter ID and similar reforms with Breitbart News. She argued that court fights are less about civil rights and more focused on fomenting division: “The whole debate about Voter ID is really just designed to elicit an emotional response. It’s really a classic Alinsky tactic that “the thing is not the thing.” It’s a shell game. And that’s what Voter ID is being trumped up to be. It’s sad because it does have a negative impact – not only on election integrity as a whole – but also it continues to undermine the confidence of the electorate, and that really is in the longer term more dangerous, because a disengaged electorate truly means a runaway government.” You can check out the full interview here.

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

CO | FL | IA | MI | NH| NV | NC | OH| PA | VA | WI

Don’t get ‘hacked off’ about the Russians just yet.

Don’t get us wrong, vigilance is incredibly important with respect to election integrity – but sometimes you have to recognize when someone is trying to play you for a fool. You may recall a recent claim by the Department of Homeland Security that it was kicking around the idea of deeming America’s election systems as part of the “critical infrastructure” to protect against Russian hackers and the like. Right on cue thereafter, the FBI issued a sensitive bulletin (that was never meant to go public, but somehow did immediately anyway) that computer hackers attacked voter registration data systems belonging to the States of Illinois and Arizona. Then (as if scripted), blaring headlines and moderate panic ensued. Here’s what you need to know:

  • no one is certain of the nationality of the hackers themselves;
  • the attacks did not touch voting machines (nor could they);
  • there’s no evidence that new voter registrations were written inside the systems, nor does it appear existing records were changed; and
  • these attacks are so common that it has probably happened before – yet it wasn’t politically advantageous to sound the alarm until now.

Why stoke panic only weeks before voting starts in some states? It’s likely because those who favor federal control of elections are desperate -- as they appear to be running out of schemes to push their collective agenda on as many states as possible. Without DOJ preclearance lording over politically-valuable states, their playbook is much thinner.   So, taking into account their failed track record of attempts to remove voter ID laws and other setbacks, playing the fear card is tried and true.

What’s the moral of this story so far? Don’t overreact to over-hyped information. Two middling hackers grabbed copies of data files that were publicly available all along. Our voting machines are quite old; they can’t even be hacked over the Internet. So, do yourself a favor: resist the familiar urge to run into the artificially-warm arms of the feds for safety – they created the TSA after all.

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

Watch the August 2016 National Webinar Replay

Couldn’t make it for the August 2016 National Webinar? You missed a good one – but don’t fret. This month we covered what you can [and mostly cannot] expect from the major political parties when it comes to ballot security. TTV also led a discussion on the recent voter registration system hacks in Arizona and Illinois. If you would like to catch up, click here to watch the presentation in full and share with your pals.

An update on the TTV Knowledge Network

Can you have too much of a good thing? Well, yes, evidently we can. Over the past two weeks, our Knowledge Network has seen a record influx of interest and new accounts that have overloaded our system. It’s not a bad problem to have, but it’s annoying all the same. You might have seen this issue when trying to set up a new account or log into your existing one. Don’t worry, all information is safe. We just want to assure you we’re working overtime to accommodate all the new faces. Once all upscaling work is complete in the days ahead, we’ll send an announcement via email. If you would like to be updated as soon as that happens, you can click here.

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Voter ID and Automatic Voter Registration Updates

Voter ID Updates

FLORIDA
A Riviera Beach man is upset he was allowed to vote Tuesday morning without being asked for photo identification, but the precinct captain denies the incident. Photo identification, such as a driver license, is a requirement to vote. “The only way a person is allowed to vote if they have photo identification. That is the only way they get a ballot,” said Marie Foster, precinct captain at the voting precinct at Hurst Chapel on Silver Beach Road, west of Dixie Highway.
Voter says he cast ballot without proper ID; voting official denies charge
 
MISSOURI
Governor Jay Nixon continues to criticize legislation that would require Missouri voters to show photo ID’s at the polls. Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the bill earlier this year, but the Republican-controlled legislature is expected to try an override attempt during veto session two weeks from now. He told reporters yesterday that the state shouldn’t be making it harder for people to vote.
Nixon Continues to Criticize Voter ID Law
 
Ashcroft told a crowd of about 20 people at his campaign stop in Cape Girardeau the secretary of state’s office under Kander has “written misleading ballot language, fought to stop a photo-voter ID law and caused countless Missourians to be disenfranchised from voting because of election mismanagement.”
Jay Ashcroft accuses Missouri Secretary of State of election mismanagement
 
A decade ago, Missouri Republicans began their quest to require voters to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot.
Every time they’ve gotten close to succeeding, something has come along to put the kibosh on the idea — either a court ruling, a Democratic filibuster or Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto pen.
GOP leaders believe they’ll take the first step toward finally putting the issue to rest when they return to the Capitol next month to consider whether to override Nixon’s latest veto of a voter ID bill.
Missouri Republicans gearing up for another voter ID fight
 
The hot button issue this campaign season is a proposed change to Missouri’s Constitution that would require voter photo IDs in order to cast a ballot. Smith insists that has already been ruled by a number of state courts to be unconstitutional. She says voter fraud cases are minimal and the photo ID plan could hurt minority voting access. Ashcroft, on the other hand, wrote the proposed Amendment 6 and enthusiastically supports it as a way to prevent voter fraud.
Smith, Ashcroft discuss Missouri Secretary of State election [Auto-play video]
 
NORTH CAROLINA
Most North Carolina voters will not have to show photo identification when they go to the polls this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to put on hold an appellate court decision striking down North Carolina's controversial law.
US Supreme Court refuses to bring back voter ID for November
 
Republican Governor Pat McCrory then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to restore the law for the coming election in November. Late today the Supreme Court refused to do that, with the justices split for the most part 4 to 4 and the four most conservative justices falling one vote shy of the five votes it takes to block a lower court decision.
Divided Supreme Court Refuses To Reinstate North Carolina Voter ID Law
 
An evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate North Carolina’s Republican-backed voter-ID requirement for the November election, leaving intact a lower court’s conclusion that lawmakers intentionally discriminated against racial minorities.
U.S. High Court Won’t Revive North Carolina Voter-ID Law

The ruling has become cannon fodder in the state's hotly contested gubernatorial race. Through surrogates, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, a former mayor of Charlotte, said his opponent should have fought for the law and Democratic nominee for governor, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, a lawyer from Nash County, said McCrory should have vetoed the law in the first place.
 
“The attorney general pushed for a law to require a photo ID to buy Sudafed, but even after Russian hackers compromised voting systems in other states, Roy Cooper still doesn't believe people should be required to show a photo ID to vote,” said Russell Peck, a spokesman for the McCrory campaign. “This is Roy Cooper once again kowtowing to liberal special interests and his campaign donors like George Soros instead of doing his job to defend the laws and the people of North Carolina.”
Parties split on voter ID ruling
 
TEXAS
Texas on Wednesday kicked off a voter education campaign ahead of the November elections amid heightened scrutiny of the state's voter ID law.
Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and minority rights groups, the state is required to spend $2.5 million to educate voters about its voter ID requirements. Registered voters will be able to cast a ballot Nov. 8 without a photo ID under the agreement, which came weeks after a federal appeals court ruled that Texas’ 2011 voter identification law was discriminatory.
Texas Launches Voter Education Campaign Amid Scrutiny of Voter ID Law
 
Voting officials are educating the public on new Texas voter ID requirements before the general election this November.
The changes come after a federal court order found it unconstitutional to require a government-issued ID to vote. Now voters who don't have a government issued ID can fill out a form declaring a reasonable impediment to obtaining a government ID, along with supporting documentation. . . .
Voting officials said they're putting ads in newspapers and on television and answering any questions voters may have over the phone. While the new rules are fairly simple, officials still anticipate confusion close to election day. 
Voting Officials Educate Public on New ID Rules
 
Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan is reminding residents of Hays County that voters who cannot obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID now have additional options when voting in person.
The change was ordered by a federal judge who found the state’s Voter ID law disenfranchised some voters.
“My office is working to make sure all the voters in Hays County are ready to cast a ballot,”  Cowan said. “These new options for voters who cannot obtain a photo ID are currently in place and will be used in the November election.”
Changes to Voter ID law allows more options
 
WISCONSIN
A federal appeals court declined Friday to hear an appeal before a full panel of judges on the court to Wisconsin's voter ID provision before November.
The decision deals a setback to the American Civil Liberties Union and other challengers to the law.
Court declines to hear appeal on Wisconsin voter ID law before election
 
A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a pair of rulings affecting Wisconsin's voter ID law, meaning no more changes to the requirement are likely before the November election.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously declined to have a full panel of judges hear appeals of two recent rulings affecting the voter ID requirement and a host of other election-related laws.
Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Rulings
 
In both cases, lower courts ruled last month that the voter-ID law makes it unreasonably difficult to vote for no legitimate reason. . . .
The Seventh Circuit blocked Adelman's ruling but not Peterson's.
With this in mind, the court found that the issue is not so urgent as to require en banc treatment.
No En Banc Rehearing of Wisconsin Voter ID Law
 
The DMV provides free photo ID cards to residents who need them for voting. The agency has resources available online to help people navigate that process, which includes application information and a list of the documents they will need to obtain an ID. . . . Commissioner Ann Jacobs said she worries that an individual who goes in to apply the week of the November 8th election may not get the documents in time for their ballot to be counted. . . .
In response, the DMV said in a statement that the agency will issue the required photo ID receipt by overnight mail on the same day a person applies. That would allow someone who faces problems on Election Day to still cast a provisional ballot, and then provide the documentation needed to have that ballot counted after the election.
Need Voter ID? Act Early
 
Wisconsin election officials raised concerns Tuesday that some voters won’t be able to get IDs in time to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election — potentially violating a court order.
In response, a Division of Motor Vehicles official said the state would use overnight mail to get people voting credentials in some cases to make sure they can more easily vote.
Courts have kept Wisconsin’s voter ID law in place but have ruled state officials must promptly provide free voting credentials to people who don’t have IDs, even if they lack birth certificates or other identity documents.
Some could have trouble getting ID near election

Updates courtesy of the Lawyers Democracy Fund.

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

CO | FL | IA | MI | NH| NV | NC | OH| PA | VA | WI

Voter ID is killing it right now

Not many things can enjoy near-universal support over multiple election cycles – but new polling continues to show our favorite election integrity tool can go the distance. New numbers from Gallup note 80% overall support for the concept. How did it get that popular? Simple -- it transcends racial divisions that many vote-fraud deniers love to use to split this country. Roughly 77 percent of “nonwhite” voters offer their support.

But aren’t the courts going to have more to say about voter ID? Not exactly. Excepting North Carolina’s ongoing case, professional plaintiffs have set out to uproot voter ID laws entirely in places like Texas, South Carolina, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Oklahoma – only to settle for little more than a stalemate (at best) -- where additional forms of ID are to be accepted under temporary court orders. Think about that: your Department of Justice has spent millions of dollars to work against you, telling courts that minorities are “less sophisticated” when it comes to following rules like voter ID. Keep the pressure on folks … this war is almost won.

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

An update on the TTV Knowledge Network

Can you have too much of a good thing? Well, yes, evidently we can. Over the past two weeks, our Knowledge Network has seen a record influx of interest and new accounts that have overloaded our system. It’s not a bad problem to have, but it’s annoying all the same. You might have seen this issue when trying to set up a new account or log into your existing one. Don’t worry, all information is safe. We just want to assure you we’re working overtime to accommodate all the new faces. Once all upscaling work is complete in the days ahead, we’ll send an announcement via email. If you would like to be updated as soon as that happens, you can click here.

Sign up for the August 30th  National Webinar TODAY

Did you know the Democrat Party has a court-ordered block on the Republican Party when it comes to performing “ballot security” operations? This is nothing new, but every election year we must remind ourselves of what we can and cannot expect from political leaders in terms of safeguarding and improving election integrity.  And, realistically, we can’t expect much! We are the difference-makers. Join us on Tuesday, August 30 at 7pm Eastern to learn more about how you can fill the gaps. Register for the webinar here.

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

CO | FL | IA | MI | NH| NV | NC | OH| PA | VA | WI

So, what’s next for our IRS lawsuit?

Sweet, sweet six-years-in-the-making victory – that’s what it felt like as we saw the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia hand down a judgment in favor of True the Vote that returns our case to trial and discovery. What did we win? A new day in court to consider our First Amendment harms suffered at the hands of the IRS. When do we get it? The clock will likely start next week. TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht responded to this historic ruling in a press release:

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. This lawsuit has been a struggle every step of the way, but it’s 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.”

Engelbrecht also appeared on Fox News August 8 to react to the ruling:

If you’d like to read a ‘greatest-hits selection’ from the court decision, click here.

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

Wisconsin is #Winning the voter ID fight

Just when the leftist media-narrative curators thought they had convinced the nation that voter ID was on the ropes, Wisconsin had to go and ruin it. An order allowing Badger-state voters to vote anyway after claiming they did not have ID was stayed by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. It also offered a grim prediction of how the litigation will continue for anti-ID agitators.

TTV Advisory Board Member Hans von Spakovsky summed it up in the National Review this week: “As the three-judge panel, led by Judge Frank Easterbrook, says in the stay order, the Seventh Circuit had ‘concluded that anyone who is eligible to vote in Wisconsin, but cannot obtain a qualifying photo ID with reasonable effort, is entitled to an accommodation that will permit him or her to cast a ballot.’ But Judge Adelman, on remand of the case to his court by the Seventh Circuit, ‘instead of attempting to identify those voters, or to identify the kinds of situations in which the state’s procedures fall short,’ instead ‘issued an injunction that permits any registered voter to declare by affidavit that reasonable effort would not produce a photo ID — even if the voter has never tried to secure one, and even if by objective standards the effort needed would be reasonable (and would succeed).’ You can read the rest of the article, here.

Remember to bring your ID to the polls, Badgers.

What can you do now?

Feeling a little overwhelmed? Are you unsure of how to start fighting back? Again, TTV has important resources available to help you, and we know how to put you to work.

Online Training: If you haven’t signed up with the TTV Knowledge Network for poll watcher training, today is a good day to do it. It’s free, easy and available right now. What are you waiting for?

Tell your local election officials you want to help: Your local polling place is probably a man short and still needing help. Contact your local official now and tell them that you want to work in the polls!

Keep the online conversation going: The stretch between conventions and the election gets pretty hot online, and misinformation will undoubtedly be widespread. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and help us spread the TTV message. You can follow our election news blog here and share links within your network. Do you see someone trolling @TrueTheVote online? Push back!

We also hope you’ll throw several bucks our way! Every. Dollar. Helps. You can contribute online here or find our mailing address to give the good old-fashioned way.

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Help Wanted

Election officials across the nation are taking to the airwaves and interwebs to scream “HELP WANTED!” before the November 2016 election. Click on your state to find appropriate contact information for your local elections office. Then, tell them that you’re ready to volunteer!

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So, what’s the status of voter ID in Texas and Wisconsin?

This week proves yet again that when it rains, it pours. We started with a recent court ruling in Wisconsin allowing affidavits to be signed in cases where individuals are not able to provide sufficient photo identification. There’s good and bad news here. The good – Badger State voters know exactly how their voter ID law is going to be applied this fall, and they have a few months left to get accustomed to the new reality. The bad – affidavits do not protect against abuse. As the federal races in the state heat up, (and trust us, they will), these accommodations will only invite more funny business. 

Texas is a bit different -- with much more drama to come. On Wednesday, the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals handed Texas a decision that’s essentially a mixed bag. The Court found that: the law was not written with discriminatory intent, nor was it designed to be a poll tax. However, it also found that: the law may carry some discriminatory effects that must be mitigated BEFORE November 2016. What the temporary remedy will look like is still being left up to the same federal district court judge that just saw almost all of her original ruling overturned. We’ll keep you posted on what comes next.

Bottom line: Voter ID laws are still in place in both states, but some watering-down has occurred.

TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht stressed what we can do to help prevent fraud:

Recent court actions to water down these laws will very likely invite more chicanery. Election integrity policies alone do not prevent or protect 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 … Whether voters have the benefit of a voter ID law enforced in their state or not, their help is needed in the polling place.”

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

Where do the various legal attacks against election integrity stand around the country?

Having a hard time keeping track of all the lawsuits looking to dilute election integrity laws or incite whole new forms of chaos? TTV has the scoop. Here’s a summary of where things stand in the various states fighting it out in court.

Texas: The voter ID law has been remanded to the district court to finally determine a remedy for voters without ID to cast a ballot. The law was not struck down.

Wisconsin: A federal judge ruled that if you have an ID, you must show it. If you don’t, you must swear that you could not obtain one in time for the election.

North Carolina: The trial date for the voter ID lawsuit is set for September, which is VERY late. There’s a fair chance that, regardless of how that case goes, the voter ID law will still be in effect this November.

Ohio: Legal challenges to keep Golden Week and the early voting schedule as is were successful. Ohio voters wanting to know when early voting begins and ends can check here.

Kansas: The dual-registration system that separates those who’ve proven their U.S. citizenship when they registered to vote and those who have not was recently challenged. By all appearances, the case is on a fast-track, but it’s still early. We’ll keep you updated.

What can you do now?

Feeling a little overwhelmed or unsure of how to start fighting back? Again, TTV has important resources available to help you, and we know how to put you to work.

Online Training: If you haven’t signed up with the TTV Knowledge Network for poll watcher training, today is a good day to do it. It’s free, easy and available right now. What are you waiting for?

Tell your local election officials you want to help: Your local polling place is probably a man short and still needing help. Contact your local official now and tell them that you want to work in the polls!

Keep the online conversation going: The stretch between conventions and election gets pretty hot online in terms of misinformation. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and help us spread the TTV message. You can follow our election news blog here and share links within your network. Do you see someone trolling @TrueTheVote online? Push back!

We also hope you’ll throw several bucks our way! Every. Dollar. Helps. You can contribute online here or find our mailing address to give the good old-fashioned way.

July 19, 2016 TTV National Conference Call Replay

We understand -- summer scheduling gets tricky. So, if you couldn’t join us for the July 2016 National Call, we’ve got you covered. Check out the replay here!  

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

We just found 36K bad registrations in Florida

True the Vote released one of its largest voter-roll research findings to date this week, flagging more than 36,000 records for cases of duplications, death, double voting, minors registered, illegal addresses and so on. TTV scanned 16 counties -- the ten largest by population, plus those with a history of having more than 100% voter registration. If past experience with this kind of research in other states is indicative of what happens next, we’ll see voter rolls cleaned well before ballots are cast this year. TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht explained the importance of the work:

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.”

You can get all of the details by reading our press release here.

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

Dear Media, get your voter suppression narrative straight

Two high-profile media outlets’ contradictions over voter suppression only underscore the weaknesses of the popular left-wing charge itself. So are voter ID laws supposed to help or hurt presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump? NBC News votes HELP. The broadcaster figures that since minorities hate him so much, anything to keep them at bay is an advantage. Capitol Hill rag Roll Call votes HURT, however. Arguing that voter ID and the like hurt all minorities and “poor, working-class white voters”, Trump could lose a key portion of the electorate – especially in the Rust Belt.

But here’s the rub: how can a “poor, working-class white” person get a job (don’t forget that I-9 Form) without an ID that would also be used to vote? Are minorities biologically hindered from doing the same? #VoterSuppression is based on pure supposition, fueled by the classic soft bigotry of low expectations. The narrative is showing cracks – perhaps it will be a thing of the past by 2020.

Sign up for the July 19, 2016 TTV National Conference Call

We may be approaching the dog days of summer already, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time to let our involvement and activism slack off.  Click here to sign up for the July 19, 2016 Conference Call today. What do we do now? Can we be confident that 2016 will be fraud-free? We need to talk. Let’s set our sights on November at last. The call is scheduled to begin at 6pm Central time. We can’t wait to connect with you!  

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

VOTER ID - STATES

 
ALABAMA
Efforts continue to ensure that all registered voters in Alabama will be prepared when they go to the polls. Newscenter 11 caught up with a representative from the Alabama Secretary of State's office as he and members of the Choctaw County Board of Registrars prepared for a Free Mobile Voter ID Drive in Butler Thursday.
Alabama sponsors free mobile photo identification voter drives
 
The Alabama Secretary of State’s office announced today it will hold a drive for voter registration and to issue photo IDs on July 30 in Athens.
Secretary of State to register voters, issue photo IDs in Athens
 
KANSAS

Civil rights groups are calling on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to rescind instructions telling local election officials to throw out votes in local and state races cast by tens of thousands of people who register at motor vehicle offices without proving U.S. citizenship.
ACLU: Kansas Official ‘Deliberately’ Creating Voter Chaos
 
MISSOURI
A controversial measure that would require a government-issued photo ID to vote was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday, with the Democratic governor arguing it would act as a barrier against citizens’ fundamental right to vote.
Nixon vetoes voter ID bill, Republicans vow to override
 
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Wednesday his office has certified a joint resolution to put a voter ID amendment on the November ballot.
Voter ID amendment certified for November ballot
 
TEXAS
The deadline for a federal appeals court to rule on the state’s controversial voter ID law is fast approaching. The U.S. Supreme Court gave the court until July 20 to make a decision about whether the law violates federal civil rights law. But, no matter what happens, this likely isn’t the end of this legal battle.
Deadline Approaches for Texas Voter ID Law, But It Likely Won't End the Legal Battle
 
WISCONSIN
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice say plaintiffs have no case because they lack evidence that they were harmed. In their final pre-trial brief, DOJ lawyers wrote that the entire lawsuit was built on anecdotes.
"An anecdote is not evidence of a systemic burden on voters,” wrote the DOJ.
Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments In Voter ID Lawsuit
 
A federal judge said Thursday there are few clear guidelines for how to rule on parts of a challenge to Wisconsin's voting rules, while also questioning how much of an effect the state's voter ID law has had on elections.
Federal judge: Impact of Wisconsin voter ID law unclear
 
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has approved a plan to use $250,000 in funding to raise awareness about the state’s voter ID requirement.
Wisconsin Elections Commission approves voter ID awareness campaign
 

 MANDATORY VOTER REGISTRATION

 
CONNECTICUT
[I]t’s a concern for state Rep. Arthur O’Neill, a Republican, that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles—which recently misidentified more than 50,000 people for having unpaid taxes on their vehicles—will be in charge of voter registration.
“If you misidentify 30,000 voters, that’s more than enough to swing an election,” O’Neill, deputy minority leader of the Connecticut House, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.
Connecticut to Register Voters at DMV. What Could Go Wrong? Critics Ask
 
NEW JERSEY
Gov. Christie will be asked to sign into law a measure from state legislators that requires the state Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person’s voter registration as part of applying for or renewing a driver’s license.
NJ Legislators Approve Law To Make MVC Register Drivers To Vote
 
WASHINGTON
Throughout the nearly hour-long debate — moderated by KIRO-AM host Dave Ross — Podlodowski criticized her opponent’s record over her four years in the position, while Wyman attempted to frame the former Seattle City Councilmember as unprepared for the nuances of the role.  One of the main points of contention on the night surrounded the Washington Voting Rights Act.
Podlodowski voiced her strong support for the measure, along with a bevy of other efforts she believes would increase voter turnout, including postage-free ballots, automatic voter registration, same day registration, and pre-registration for 16-and-17-year-olds.
Secretary of State contenders square off

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