True the Vote Weekly Update | July 3, 2021
We're blessed with the opportunity to stand for something, for liberty and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.-Ronald Reagan
July 3, 2021Hi !As we head into this holiday weekend, it is important to reflect on the reason for the season: Freedom.On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers and the Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence, freeing our young country from British rule. From there, the founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolutionary pursuit for justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. President Reagan said, "“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”This weekend, we challenge you to redouble your resolve and stay active in the fight to help preserve this shining city on a hill that we all share. Commit to volunteering in your local elections, to speaking out in defense of voters' rights, to never retreat, never surrender, never accept anything less. We at True the Vote continue moving forward, day after day. In two weeks we will launch a web based app to help you clean your local voter rolls. And soon we will expose the results of major investigations we've been working on since November. There is great reason for hope, fellow patriot. Exciting days are ahead - so, enjoy the weekend and rest up! We have a lot of work to do together, but it can be done. It must be done.From Everyone at True the Vote to you and yours - Happy Independence Day!
Eyes On | SCOTUS Bans Ballot Trafficking in AZ
by Catherine Engelbrecht, True the VoteThis week, after a long and hotly contested battle, the US Supreme Court affirmed two Arizona voting laws, one which required that voters vote at their designed precinct and another which banned ballot harvesting.The Democrat National Committee brought suit against these common sense provisions, decrying them as ... wait for it ... racist. The decision, delivered by a 6-3 court split on partisan lines, found that neither law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and that they did not have racially discriminatory intent.
What was particularly disconcerting in all of this was that Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the elected official charged with defending her state's election laws, refused to participate in defense of her state in this case. She did, however, retain outside counsel in a push to quell 2020 election lawsuits and audit inquiries. In May, the Arizona legislature voted to strip Hobbs of authority in election-related lawsuits, giving that power over to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
If a Secretary of State refuses to honor the laws she is elected to uphold, she should not be afforded the privilege of serving. You can be a political activist, Ms. Hobbs, but not in your capacity as Secretary of State. You should resign.
The Washington Examiner posted several good articles on the case.
Eyes On | Playing The Long Game
by Dan Gelernter, True the Vote
Last week, a vote in the United States Senate to end debate on S1 failed on a 50-50, party-line vote. This was a victory in the battle for election integrity, but by no means has the war been won. A long and carefully choreographed plan to federalize our elections is still very much in play. One of the key characters in the drama is Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. His job is to give the impression of a moderate seeking compromise. This means he has to start by objecting to S1 as too extreme and partisan. He wrote an op-ed on the subject three weeks ago. Now he will make a show of looking for a “middle path” that every “reasonable” person can agree on—like the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which he referred to in his op-ed. The key provision, both in S1 and in the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, is federal veto power over state election law. If the Democrats can make that concept seem normal, and cast the Republicans as rejecting any form of compromise, they can give Manchin the excuse he needs to join Senate Democrats in ending the filibuster and ramming this legislation through.
ALERT U.S Supreme Court rules in favor of states having a legitimate interest in rooting out fraud, in favor of AZ GOP. Justice Alito delivered the opinion. "One strong and entirely legitimate state interest is the prevention of fraud. Fraud can affect the outcome of a close election, and fraudulent votes dilute the right of citizens to cast ballots that carry appropriate weight. Fraud can also undermine public confidence in the fairness of elections and the perceived legitimacy of the announced outcome. Ensuring that every vote is cast freely, without intimidation or undue influence, is also a valid and important state interest... In light of the principles set out above, neither Arizona’s out-of-precinct rule nor its ballot-collection law violates §2 of the VRA."Read the Court's full opinion here.Biden DOJ Sues The State of Georgia Over New Voting Laws, SCOTUS Ruling InterferesFrom Just the News - Garland announced last week that the Department of Justice will sue Georgia over its new voting law, S.B. 202, claiming the measure's voter ID rules violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prevents states from denying or interfering with the rights of Americans to vote on account of their race. Thursday's SCOTUS decision in the Arizona case is a signal that the high court may not buy Garland's arguments. Read On. Nonprofit Files Lawsuit in Wisconsin Challenging Absentee Ballot Drop BoxesFrom Wisconsin State Journal - A nonprofit conservative law firm has filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court challenging the use of absentee ballot drop boxes in Wisconsin. The lawsuit, filed Monday by Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty on behalf of Richard Teigen, of Hartland, and Richard Thom, of Menomonee Falls, challenges the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s guidance to election clerks last year on the use of ballot drop boxes leading up to the 2020 election.Read on.
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