Weekly Newsletter

Voter Registration Shaming: Canine Edition

If you live in a swing state, you must constantly be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on what tries to pass as ‘official election mail’. Recently, a family in the Raleigh, North Carolina area received an envelope stating, “government documents enclosed” that pertained to their household’s voter registration. So they promptly opened it. Inside, they found a letter from the Voter Participation Center, with a downtown Raleigh address, noting that one family member -- Benicia -- was discovered to not be currently registered to vote. Further, the mailing stated that the entity “will be reviewing the North Carolina voter file in eight weeks to see” if Benicia submitted an application to register. There’s a big problem here (among others): Benicia was a border collie who has since deceased.

This isn’t the first time that the Voter Participation Center has popped up with official-looking mailers trawling for new voters in the pet cemeteries of America. These kinds of groups purchase commercial databases and blend them with voter rolls to spot gaps. Is that fraud? Not really. Can it create opportunities for fraud? You better believe it! Some voter registration agencies develop ‘white lists’ to keep tabs on every residential address that could be used for voter registration; but the same cannot be said for eligible voters.

Whether you live in the swingiest state in the nation or not, data-driven politicking can create issues like the one described above. If you receive any questionable mail posing as official election business, tell True the Vote.

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Congress Considers Docking IRS Chief’s Pay

If you can’t impeach him, just don’t pay him! That’s the latest thinking on Capitol Hill regarding what is to be done with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. This week, Congressmen Ken Buck (R-CO) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) added an amendment to the 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act to zero out the IRS Chief’s salary, effectively removing him from the job. You can help out here. Contact members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and show your support for the effort today.

Sign up for the July 12, 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 12, 2016 Conference Call today. 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.

A moral victory over the IRS?

To say it’s frustrating seeing members of Congress promise to protect top officers of the Internal Revenue Service is an understatement, at best. But, that’s where we are. This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution (along party lines) to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. His supporters on the Committee made the case that he simply misled Congress over what he knew about the IRS targeting scheme at the time he testified -- rather than intentionally falsifying his testimony. Nevertheless, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Oversight Committee Chairman, said this was the “first step” to impeachment of the Obama appointee. The House Judiciary Committee is still considering full impeachment.

Good news, right? Well, no.  Not really.

If the House of Representatives managed to send an impeachment action to the Senate, it would be DOA. The Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), told The Hill that there’s zero chance any impeachment action would be taken seriously. Yeah. You should tell him how you feel about that. Congress can grandstand and proclaim common cause with True the Vote all it wants. But, getting justice remains our business alone.

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Voter registration fraud ruins lives

New York offers yet another cautionary tale of what can happen when someone becomes so blinded by their politics that they decide to allegedly cheat. Niagara Falls resident Rus Thompson faces criminal prosecution for falsely registering and voting in primary and general elections in 2015. To date, he has rejected plea deals, and now he faces up to four years in prison if convicted. You can read more about the story at the Buffalo News.

Sign up for the July 12, 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 12, 2016 Conference Call today. 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 Updates

ALABAMA

Jim Bennett says his office's mobile ID unit made 93 stops across the state before the primary and runoff elections.
Mobile voter ID unit coming to central Alabama
 
Representatives of the office set up at Priceville Town Hall to provide free photo identification to those in need of voter IDs. It's a year round comprehensive county by county tour. All registered voters can get a free ID. They target places with heavy foot traffic.
Secretary of State’s Office sets up around the state offering free voter IDs
 
KANSAS

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling temporarily upholds a court order that required Kansas to allow those individuals to vote in federal elections even though they didn't provide citizenship documentation when applying or renewing their driver's licenses, as required under Kansas law. The state has said as many as 50,000 people could be affected.
10th Circuit: Kansas Can't Block Voters From Casting Ballots
 
At issue is the fate of more than 18,000 voter registration applications—most submitted by Kansans under the age of 30— that came via motor vehicle offices and that didn’t include documentary proof of citizenship. Citing a 2011 state law he pushed for that requires applicants to submit proof of citizenship, Kobach says the applications should be rejected. Voter registration applicants already must affirm, on penalty of perjury, that they are U.S. citizens.
Kris Kobach won’t say if he’s complying with order to register voters
 
MISSOURI
Missouri photo voter ID legislation will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, but legislation directing how to implement the measure is still on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk.
Nixon looks at whether to veto, sign photo voter ID implementation plan
 
NEW MEXICO
The Roswell Daily Record reports that Republican Nora Espinoza told a group of GOP women this week that those who assert Hispanics lack the ability to obtain IDs to vote insult all Latinos.
Secretary of State candidates trade barbs over voter ID
 
“Let me tell you what disenfranchisement really is,” Espinoza said. “If a single ineligible voter casts a vote, every single honest voter in New Mexico is disenfranchised. If anyone votes in the place of someone else, whether that person be alive or dead or barks, every honest New Mexican is disenfranchised.”
Espinoza, who is Hispanic, said she supports combating voter fraud with a state voter ID law. Espinoza said she will press the issue in her campaign for secretary of state, the third highest office in state government after governor and lieutenant governor, to ensure the integrity of elections.
Espinoza: New Mexicans support voter IDs
 
NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota election officials said there were few problems with voter identification Tuesday. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said about 4:30 p.m. staff members there had no more than 10 calls on voter ID issues over the course of the day.
Primary turnout strong statewide with 24 percent of eligible voters casting ballots
 
WISCONSIN
The state Government Accountability Board asked the Joint Finance Committee in April to release the money. The GAB suspended its voter ID outreach campaign in 2012 after a court challenge blocked the requirement. A federal appellate court ultimately upheld the law in 2014 and it was in effect for this past February’s primary and the April 6 general election.
Finance committee OKs money for voter ID outreach
 
Local cities and villages are prepping for a high-turnout presidential election in November, at the same time many of their most reliable poll workers are aging out of the job. This has left a gap of well over 100 new people needed at polling sites across Brown County to prevent delays for voters, according to area clerks.
Green Bay area needs over 100 new poll workers

Mandatory Voter Registration Updates

OREGON
Roughly 68,500 Oregonians have been automatically registered to vote under the state's new "motor voter" law.
Oregon registers 68,500 voters under "Motor Voter"

Updates are provided by the Lawyers Democracy Fund.

California’s and DC’s voter rolls are a hot mess.

California’s problems are bigger than zombie voters in LA

Good things rarely come when treating symptoms is given priority over curing the underlying disease. A few weeks ago, you may recall that TTV was asked to shed some light on how more than 200+ people managed to vote in Los Angeles County years after their deaths. We explained that the Golden State’s decade-long failure to implement a statewide database of registered voters not only created general confusion, but would pave the way for fraudulent activity to occur with near impunity. Well before that, we warned that the State’s wrongheaded move toward automatic voter registration would only intensify these problems. Plus, why try to implement same-day registration when there’s not a centralized registry to put people in? This week, the chickens came home to roost, as they say.

The Los Angeles Times published a blistering (and informative) article detailing the wide variety of challenges voters endured as they tried to participate in the recent primary election. Among the key difficulties experienced were reports of voter registrations missing from precinct poll books. If Californians changed their political party designation shortly before the deadline, they ran a considerable risk of not being able to cast a regular ballot as their name probably didn’t land in the local register. Imagine that: the state that Silicon Valley calls home cannot build a computer database! Until California’s election officials get on the ball, voters playing by the rules will continue to suffer in more ways than one.

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!

Siskiyou County, CA learns what happens when you dare to investigate fraud

What do some dissenters do when they don’t appreciate the fact that the sheriff, county clerk and district attorney are investigating more than 200 cases of voter registration fraud in their neighborhood? Accuse them of racially motivated voter intimidation tactics, of course. An investigation launched this week over a considerable number of cases questioning claims of residential address for the purpose of voter registration. Local members of law enforcement canvassed neighborhoods and performed physical address verifications, which are common investigative tactics when registration fraud is suspected. Right on cue, local agitators decried the effort as intimidation and sought intervention from California AG Kamala Harris, a candidate for U.S. Senate no less. This story is still developing, but it may prove a case study on what can happen when law enforcement takes a stand for free and fair elections. Pro tip: when a fraud probe is immediately countered with racial allegations, you’re on to something big.

Apparently, DC’s voter rolls have nearly every problem possible

An official District of Columbia audit that was recently released had some startling findings. When it comes to removing dead, duplicate and felon voters from the voter roll, the District just isn’t getting the job done. Here are some sad numbers…

  • 6,543 people had birthdates listed between 1800 and 1899. TTV calls these “placeholder birthdates” because providing birthdate information was largely not required before the 1960s and 1970s (depending on the state). Unfortunately, the report notes that this issue has gone unresolved because voters ignored county outreach efforts to update files.
     
  • 243 dead people were found long after shaking their mortal coils. The audit notes that election officials failed to follow established protocols for confirming death proper to removal and just left them on the voter rolls.
     
  • 468 sets of duplicate voter registrations were found. When auditors asked how this could happen, election officials flat-out stonewalled them.

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 Updates

KANSAS
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach contends massive voter confusion will occur if an appeals court doesn’t block a lower court’s order to register thousands of state residents for November’s presidential election.
Kris Kobach predicts massive voter confusion in November in seeking stay of voter ID injunction
 
LOUISIANA
Louisiana college students will be able to use their university ID cards to vote in state elections in 2019.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' office announced this week that the governor signed the proposal into law this week.
Edwards signs bill to let students use college IDs to vote
 
MISSOURI
In a few months Missouri voters will have a chance to influence whether photo identification will be required for voting, but local election officials say that the issue is still shrouded in ambiguity.
Amendment would pave way for voter ID laws
 
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina’s controversial voter identification law will stay in place after a ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder at the end of April.
The 2013 law calls for North Carolina voters to bring photo identification when casting their ballots, eliminates same-day registration and ends “out-of-precinct” voting.  Supporters—including Republican governor Pat McCrory, who signed the bill into law—claim that it helps protect against voter fraud.
North Carolina voter ID law generates controversy
 
OHIO
Judge Algenon L. Marbley of U.S. District Court in Columbus ruled that state officials violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Democratic appointee's decision today echoes that of GOP appointed Judge Michael H. Watson late last month on a separate case that restored a "Golden Week" of early voting Republicans had eliminated.
Ohio Loses another Voting Rights Case, This Time Over Absentee Ballots
 
The institutional Left knows that controlling election process rules is the first step to controlling policy. Conservatives and Republicans usually pay more attention to the policy, and not to the process. Ohio was a rare exception, and some sought to clean up the process. But now federal courts are undoing the cleaning and bringing back the mess just in time for November.
The Coming Ohio Election Mess
 
WISCONSIN
Those challenging Wisconsin's voter identification law in federal court say they will soon be asking that people having trouble getting the required ID be allowed to vote in the August primary.
Voter ID law challengers to seek injunction
 
Groups advocating for voting rights said they will soon ask a federal judge to allow people to vote in Wisconsin's August primary election if they are having trouble getting a required ID.
The request comes even as attorneys for the state Department of Justice are trying to put the case on hold.
Groups to ask judge allow some people without IDs to vote
 
A federal judge will not put a lawsuit over Wisconsin’s voter identification law on hold while another similar challenge is pending in a different court.
Judge denies request to put voter ID on hold
 
The Legislature's budget-writing committee was to vote on a request from the state's election board to spend $250,000 on educating voters about the photo identification law.
Legislature's budget committee to consider voter ID money

Mandatory Voter Registration Updates

ILLINOIS
Illinois lawmakers couldn’t agree on a budget, but May 31 they did pass a measure to enable the state to register more people to vote.
Governor Considers Automatic Voter Registration
 
NEW JERSEY
Two bills to drive voter turnout advanced in committee Thursday, and will go on to the Senate floor. The first, originally sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) in the lower house, would allow 17 year-olds to vote in primaries when they are on the cusp of reaching eighteen before the general election. While that bill cleared committee in a unanimous vote, a second to offer automatic voter registration with new and renewed driver’s licenses passed by a narrower 3-2 margin.
Bills to Increase Voter Turnout Clear Senate Committee
 
OREGON
Oregon plans to launch the second phase of the state's automatic voter registration program Friday, signing up people who've done business with the DMV as early as 2014 in a move that could add more than 145,000 voters.
In some counties, that could translate to a 10 percent increase in active registered voters, according to the Oregon Secretary of State's office.
Renew your license in 2014? Not a voter? You might be soon.
 
Starting Friday, the Oregon secretary of state will implement the second of two phases of the state’s pioneering Motor Voter program. It will give roughly 145,000 Oregonians who had qualifying interactions at the DMV in 2014 or 2015 the opportunity to become automatically registered to vote.
145,000 Oregonians to get automatic voter registration letters

Legislative updates are provided by the Lawyers Democracy Fund.

New Mexico: phony signatures help man lose election by TWO votes

The story of Cory Lewis, Española City Councilman, proves our point again: you don’t need a lot of fraud to tilt an election – just enough fraud in the right places. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that his race was called in March with 238 to 236 votes. Ouch. But here’s where it gets interesting … 104 votes were mail ballots, with 94 of those going to the challenger. Lewis has since filed a lawsuit alleging that 23 mail ballots had bogus signatures, an amount that could easily flip the result. But it gets better. The wife of the challenging candidate was twice documented by local election officials as she tried to drop off absentee ballots for others. Upon initial drop-off of the ballots, officials noted that voter signatures were missing. Moments later, the woman returned with them signed. The court has granted Lewis’ legal team the opportunity to review the signatures and related documents directly. No further rulings have been made in the case as of now.

 

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Ohio: Woman charged with 35 counts of voter fraud

Talk about getting out the vote. Rebecca Hammonds of Columbiana County stands accused of faking 32 voter registration forms, with three additional charges of signature forgery. Lax verification and validation standards in registering new voters have long left our systems vulnerable to such actions. Thankfully, local election officials were on top of the matter. In larger jurisdictions, however, this work becomes much more difficult. Please consider writing to your state representatives and asking what proposals they support that would improve the system. You can read more about the story, 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 Updates
 

LOUISIANA
In a few years, Louisiana college students would be able to use their university ID cards to vote in state elections, if the governor agrees to a proposal passed by lawmakers.
Lawmakers agree to allow college student ID cards for voting
 
MINNESOTA
Secretary of State Steve Simon announced Tuesday that Veteran Identification Cards are now acceptable photo identification documents for same-day voter registration.
Veteran ID Cards Now Accepted For Same-Day Voter Registration
 
NEW MEXICO
During Thursday’s regular meeting the Clovis City Commission passed a voter ID requirement for municipal elections by a vote of 7-1, with the lone dissenting vote cast by Commissioner Robert Sandoval.
The voter ID ordinance was introduced during the May 5 meeting, following the March municipal election in which 72.7 percent of Clovis voters favored creation of the ordinance.
City commissioners pass voter ID requirement
 
NORTH DAKOTA
Suits in North Dakota, Utah, South Dakota and Arizona claim new voting rules passed in majority Republican states are discriminatory and could reduce voting by tribal members, who tend to back Democrats. A suit in Alaska, for example, claimed the state violated federal rules by failing to translate voting materials for tribal voters.
The tribes say changes to voting rules in those states disproportionately affect Native Americans, an allegation the states and counties deny.
Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights
 
WISCONSIN
A nine-day court trial of the Wisconsin legal challenge concluded last week in federal court in Madison, and a forthcoming ruling in that case could decide how voter ID affects the state’s 2016 general election. The outcome of that and another lawsuit also could influence the national back-and-forth on voter ID.
Wisconsin at vanguard of national legal fight on voter ID
 
The liberal groups challenging the law say it, and more than a dozen other election-related laws enacted since 2011, target voters who tend to support Democratic candidates. The state's lawyers said no such targeting exists, and pointed to high turnout in this spring's presidential primary as proof the law doesn't create barriers to voting. 
Wisconsin Voter ID Trial Wraps Up With Verdict Expected In July
 
Starting this week, people working to get the documents they need for a state-issued ID --- which is now required to vote in the Wisconsin --- can get a receipt from the Division of Motor Vehicles that can serve as a substitute for an ID at the polls. The changes is the result of an emergency rule approved Wednesday by Gov. Scott Walker, that he says will make it easier to vote in Wisconsin – but opponents to the state's voter ID law say the new rule doesn't do enough.
Walker Tweaks Voter ID Rules

 

Mandatory Voter Registration Updates

CONNECTICUT
An agreement between Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Michael Byzdra to develop an automatic voter registration system is an unnecessary and expensive proposition. That was the message from four Republican lawmakers who held a press conference Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to criticize the decision.
4 Connecticut GOP legislators oppose automatic voter registration via DMV
 
ILLINIOS
If the bill is approved, Illinois would become the fifth state to enact automatic voter registration, joining California, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia. In addition the Secretary of State's office, four other state agencies would be able to add eligible people to voter rolls. These include the Department on Aging and the departments of Human Services, Healthcare and Family Services, and Employment Security. State officials and local elections boards would have until Jan. 1, 2018, to fully implement the plan.
Illinois could become the fifth state with automatic voter registration
 
The measure approved 86-30 by the House on Tuesday would provide automatic registration for would-be voters visiting certain state agencies. Each person would have a chance to opt out at some point.
Automatic voter registration goes to Rauner; he likes idea
 
The state simply cannot afford to enact an expensive system of mandatory voter registration that will do very little to help voter turnout while threatening the integrity of Illinois’ voter registration rolls.
LDF's Illinois Mandatory Voter Registration Talking Points

NEW JERSEY
That bill would automatically register people to vote when they apply for a new driver’s license or a renewal and update their voter record if they change their address with the Motor Vehicle Commission. Right now registration if offered at the MVC but isn’t automatic.
Should voter registration be automatic in New Jersey?
 
OREGON
More than a million Oregonians cast ballots in last week’s primary, barely meeting expectations set by election officials. However, turnout was lower than in the presidential primary eight years ago and it was unclear what impact the state’s new automatic voter registration system had on the election results. Oregon has several hundred thousand more registered voters than eight years ago.
Voter turnout is big, not a state record, stats show
 
According to the most recent analysis by the state Elections Division, 8,135 votes were cast by Oregonians who were registered through the Oregon Motor Voter program. With 43,571 eligible OMV voters, this means 18.7 percent of the OMV-registered voters who were eligible to vote on May 17th (registered by April 26th) participated in the primary election.
Oregon elections official details 'motor voter' impact
 
VERMONT
The problems raise immediate concerns for the coming two elections, she said, including this summer's gubernatorial primary election. There are also long-term questions about how well Vermont's new automatic voter registration will work. Starting in 2017, Vermonters will automatically be placed on the voter rolls when they apply for or renew a driver's license or nondriver identification card.
Vermont motor voter registration raises concerns

 

Legislative updates are provided by the Lawyers Democracy Fund.

Yeah, dead people are so voting in California

Despite years of progressive claims to the contrary, it has yet again proven true that bad voter data leads to outright voter fraud. It can happen anywhere. This week, the country saw blatant examples of how it is still occurring in southern California. True the Vote stepped in to remind Californians where the root cause lies:

This is just the tip of the iceberg. At the moment, similar research is being performed in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and Oregon. Stay tuned…

 

True the Vote makes an appearance in the IRS Commissioner’s impeachment hearings

We may still be in a wait-and-see pattern with our lawsuit, but that doesn’t mean there is no news from the IRS front this week. Did you know the U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering impeachment of the IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen? Likewise, hundreds of millions of dollars are on the chopping block where the embattled agency’s budget is concerned. During hearings on Capitol Hill this week, TTV’s trouble with the IRS were yet again placed into the record. You can catch a replay of the remarks made by Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) 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!

 

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.

 

Texas’ voter ID law has another day in court

Strangely enough, the longer this lawsuit drags on, the chances for Texas’ law to remain in place actually improve. This week, all parties were together in New Orleans for a full panel (en banc) hearing over the legality of the requirement. Professional court observers argue that -- based on the oral arguments alone -- the reception was perfectly mixed. You can judge for yourself by replaying the full audio of the hearing, here.

You don’t have to prove citizenship to vote in Kansas anymore.

Proponents of common-sense election integrity reforms were dealt a temporary setback this week after a federal judge ruled Kansas’ requirement to present proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote was a violation of the National Voter Registration Act. The Court found that only “minimal information” should be required of voters to determine eligibility. Translation: if you answer “Yes” to the question of whether you are a citizen, you’re A-OK. The good news here is that the ruling does not immediately go into effect – the State of Kansas has until May 31 to file an appeal. If Kansas doesn’t follow through on its promise to do so, the requirement ends.

Back in January, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht participated in a hearing hosted by the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Topeka over the impact of the citizenship requirement. Our research found that of the 20,000 applications held up for verification and validation purposes, 41% of wannabe voters had at least one factor in the information they had provided that justified a denial. Engelbrecht encouraged the panel to see the law for what it is, “a modern, state-level approach to balancing access with integrity in this increasingly mobile nation.”

You can do something here: contact Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office and encourage them to keep up the good fight.

 

Baltimore: yes, voter fraud can screw up an entire election.

Every election year, the news media peppers TTV with questions such as: “has voter fraud really caused chaos in an election?” Our reply: “Why yes!”  In fact, you just have to look no further than Baltimore this week. The city primary has been decertified after reports of provisional ballots that were wrongfully counted. Furthermore, it was discovered that more votes were cast than the number of people that checked in at the poll book! The Maryland State Board of Elections has been forced to organize an “unusual state intervention” as a result. Don’t get your hopes up that the illegal votes will be thrown out, however, as the bogus provisional ballots cannot be clawed back from the overall totals. One City Council candidate commented, “I don’t think this will help the voters feel confident about the electoral process in Baltimore. I really don’t.” You can read more about the whole episode, 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!

 

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.

 

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the pro-liberty movement’s best- informed and most-dedicated people ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions. If you are planning to attend your state convention, would you let us know? Complete our new survey here. NOTE: if you have already emailed us your plans, it’s not necessary to answer the survey, too.

Check out the new ‘Election Integrity’ course now available

Have you ever wanted to know enough about the topic of election integrity to be dangerous? Are you new to the movement and unclear exactly how/when/where to jump in? Do you need a 30,000-foot view of the landscape to spot all of the opportunities available? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, we have a new course in the TTV Knowledge Network that’s just for you.

The Election Integrity 101 course serves as the citizen’s guide to all things election integrity. Inside you will find overviews of important federal and state election laws; voter fraud types and vocabulary; organizing best practices; research strategies; and tips for legislative reform. This is the perfect course for a newcomer to the TTV movement, hands down.

But wait, there’s more. If you’re new to online learning environments, don’t let our new system throw you for a loop. Our Knowledge Network Tutorial will give you an excellent walkthrough and get you started on a useful, realistic path to citizen-led election integrity. If you haven’t yet created a new TTV Knowledge Network account, it’s simple! Begin by visiting truethevote.org and clicking “Login” at the top-right.

 

[No] Shocker: voter ID is still really popular

We haven’t seen any reputable polling over the popularity of voter ID laws since 2013. For years, TTV has contended that a lack of regular polling essentially indicated that subsequent polls would concur. This week, voters in three swing states helped prove we were right. Quinnipiac University found in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania that a wide majority of voters still love the election integrity policy. Florida leads the pack with 77% approval, followed by Ohio with (75%), and Pennsylvania at (64%). You probably did not hear much about these figures because of what else was seen – polling showing Clinton and Trump in statistical ties in these same states. Keep up the pressure on your legislators to see these polls turned into solid policy, folks.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the pro-liberty movement’s best- informed and most-dedicated people ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions. If you are planning to attend your state convention, would you let us know? Complete our new survey here. NOTE: if you have already emailed us your plans, it’s not necessary to answer the survey, too.

We had a landslide victory in North Carolina

Finally, a judicial review of election integrity policies that actually account for measured impacts of the law – not hysterical speculation by left-leaning, self-serving partisans -- has been delivered in North Carolina. Years back, the Tar Heel State enacted an omnibus bill containing a voter ID requirement; an end to same-day voter registration; an end to out-of-precinct voting; an end to pre-registration for minors; and other provisions intent on returning the people’s confidence in local elections and combatting fraud. The DOJ/NAACP/Clinton ‘clown car’ of litigators and their professional victims filed suit to reverse the law in whole. After years, they lost on all fronts in court this week.

The 485-page ruling is a tour de force, examining actual facts versus hypothetical harms presented by the plaintiffs:

“The evidence shows that African Americans have fared better in terms of registration and turnout rates in 2014, after the new law was implemented, than in 2010, when the old provisions were in place … Since SL 2013-381 has been in place, African American turnout not only increased but did so at a greater rate than that of other groups (including whites) … Contrary to Plaintiffs’ predictions and somewhat surprisingly, the scholarly consensus of Plaintiffs’ own experts revealed that early voting depresses turnout. Moreover, same-day registration has not been shown to increase turnout in a statistically significant manner … The 2014 data merely confirm what the remaining data suggest: that minorities enjoy equal and constitutionally-compliant opportunity to participate in the electoral process.”

You get the drift. Opponents of election integrity reforms continue their perfect losing streak. Well done, North Carolina.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the pro-liberty movement’s best- informed and most-dedicated people ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions. If you are planning to attend your state convention, would you let us know? Complete our new survey here. NOTE: if you have already emailed us your plans, it’s not necessary to answer the survey, too.

So what happens next with ‘One Person, One Vote’?

You may recall a few weeks back when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected two Texas voters’ effort that would have required that future redistricting plans be based on total voters registered or citizen voting-age population alone. While SCOTUS said no to this case, it did not otherwise slam the door on the proposed practices if performed on a legislative level. Essentially, the Justices left an open door for states to experiment going forward, within reason. TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht commended the original effort, arguing, “The plaintiffs were right to open this door … Too many are working to extend voting rights to noncitizens purely for political purposes. The Court has offered a roadmap for engaged voters to stand up for their voices — it’s on us to protect ourselves. Complacency is not an option.”

Fast-forward to this week. The left-leaning American Prospect is now placing its bets on which states will enter the breach first. They theorize that secure Republican state legislators will be squeamish to move, given that it likely would not yield a direct, personal advantage to their careers. Legislators in Texas, Arizona and Virginia fit this category. However, their article argues that Colorado and Nevada hold higher promise for such redistricting reforms.

Voters should not view this matter in terms of scoring one for their team. Rather, as a nation, we either need to decide to continue offering political subsidies to noncitizens or we ought put a stop to it now. A unanimous Supreme Court gave us the green light to make adjustments. What’s holding you back from telling your legislator to make a change now? That’s what we thought! Contact your representatives, here.

 

Did you miss the April 2016 National Conference Call?

If you were unable to join TTV for an explanation of the latest update on our IRS lawsuit and how to get involved in “Convention Season,” don’t sweat it. You can access a complete recording of the call 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.

 

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the pro-liberty movement’s best- informed and most-dedicated people ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions. If you are planning to attend your state convention, would you let us know? Complete our new survey here. NOTE: if you have already emailed us your plans, it’s not necessary to answer the survey, too.

Convention anyone?

We've found that True the Vote supporters are some of the best informed and most dedicated people in the pro-liberty movement ... so ... we're betting you may have an interest in what's happening inside the ongoing state conventions.

We sure do.

If you are planning to attend your state convention - would you let us know? Drop us a line at freeandfair@truethevote.org.

Not sure when your state party’s convention is happening? You can get that helpful info by clicking here for Republicans, or here for Democrats.

 

What we know from our IRS court hearing this week

Cautious optimism … that’s what TTV is feeling after this week’s hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit. You can listen to a recording of the oral arguments, here. We are happy to report the Court pulled no punches in asking the IRS’ attorneys why they should be trusted when the agency argues it has changed its ways since 2013. What happens now? We’re back to ‘playing the waiting game’ again. There is no hard and fast timeline for when a decision should be made. If TTV succeeds, we will have effectively reversed the lower court ruling to dismiss our case and be remanded back to the district court level for further litigation.

A key aspect as to whether our case has been successfully mooted by the IRS revolves around the issue of whether the answers and corresponding documents we provided to those infamously intrusive questions should be entered into the public record with the rest of our IRS file. The agency has argued that, even though such requests were “inappropriate,” we should have had the greater sense to reject their requests! Regarding the abundance of sensitive information the IRS collected, they call ‘finders keepers.’  TTV attorney Cleta Mitchell told The Washington Times this week that such information was “fruit of the poisonous tree.”

Immediately following oral arguments on Thursday, TTV’s appellate litigator, Dr. John C. Eastman, joined a national teleconference call hosted by The Federalist Society to debrief the hearing. An audio recording of that call is accessible on the group’s website.

We’ve learned in all dealings with the IRS that endurance pays dividends. So stay tuned, friends.  

 

Sign up for the Tuesday, April 19, 2016 TTV National Conference call!

It’s getting to be that time of year again … so many moving parts, so many balls in the air! Join us on Tuesday, April 19 @ 6 PM Central time for a rapid-fire discussion of True the Vote’s upcoming work related to the political convention season, and get the most current update on the IRS lawsuit. Click here to get registered.

 

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.

 

The Clinton camp is set to sue Arizona over voting locations

The courtroom voting wars have reached the Grand Canyon State. Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee announced plans to sue Arizona this week, hoping to force county officials to submit November polling place locations for judicial review. Locals and party officials alike complained in the aftermath of the state’s March presidential preference primary that Phoenix-area voters reportedly stood in line for hours to cast a ballot. Looking back at 2008 figures, comparisons show that nearly 85% of voting locations were dropped. In its own defense, Maricopa County has protested, maintaining that it only underestimated turnout and sought to reduce costs. You can read more about this fast-developing case, here.

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