• In 2009, True the Vote opened its doors in Houston,Texas. Now, Houston, along with all of southeast Texas, has been pummeled by Hurricane Harvey.

    We want to let you know that the True the Vote team is soggy, but safe.

    Thank you all for the incredibly thoughtful emails, calls, and social media posts sent from concerned friends.

    If you’d like to help support ongoing relief efforts, please consider donating to the Texas Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief effort. I worked alongside them as a first responder in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. This is an organization that hits the ground and gets busy helping people clean up their property and begin to put their lives back together. I’ve spoken with them this morning and in addition to monetary donations, they also specifically requested donations of water, Gatorade, soap, and gift cards to major hardware stores like Home Depot. You can contact them directly at the link above or text HurricaneHarvey (no space) to 73256 on your cell phone and you’ll receive a message from them with more information.

    Please continue to keep our friends and neighbors in your prayers. So many people lost everything.

    Thank you again. Rest assured, we’ll be back in the saddle very soon.

    Forever #TexasStrong -

    Catherine Engelbrecht

    Founder, True the Vote

    Posted By
    31st of August 2017
  • Hi Jody -

    Our lawsuit against the IRS is making headlines - and we’re making headway! Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ordered the IRS to start releasing names and documents. In fact, he outright asked IRS attorneys why they continue to “hide the ball.”

    We put together a quick video to bring you up to speed….

    The bottom line is that our battle against the IRS is still in full swing. It’s been a long four years, but we cannot quit.

    What the IRS did, to me, to True the Vote, and to thousands of other organizations and individuals, is unconstitutional, unconscionable, and unacceptable.

    Make no mistake; the IRS can and will continue in their targeting schemes unless and until they are forced to stop. We must see this effort through to conclusion. But we need your help.

    This fight against the IRS is about far more than what they did to True the Vote. A win in this case will produce future protections that we will all benefit from.

    Sometimes fundraising requests make their causes seem too surreal to really connect with. This is a very, very real fight. And we will keep fighting…with your help. Please help support our legal battle to end IRS targeting.

    Working together we can win this….and, together we can and will true the vote.

    Onward,

    Catherine Engelbecht

    Founder, True the Vote

    Posted By
    31st of August 2017
  • You may not know this, but your voter registration information and voting history is maintained by your state as a publicly available voting record.

    Voter records normally contain the voter’s name, address, date of birth, citizenship status, identifying information like Social Security or driver’s license number (typically this information is fully or partially redacted in publicly released versions), place of birth (in certain states), party affiliation (in certain states), and a listing of the elections in which the voter participated (not who they voted for, just that they voted), and how they participated (did they vote in a primary, did they vote by mail, etc.).

    Although these records are publicly available, there are varying restrictions and associated costs. Here’s a list of current prices:

     

    Cost to Purchase

    States Price
    Alaska $21.00
    Arizona county purchase based on new statute
    Arkansas $2.50
    California $30.00
    Colorado $100.00
    Connecticut $300.00
    Delaware $10.00
    District of Columbia $2.00
    Florida $5.00
    Georgia $500.00
    Hawaii $450.00
    Idaho $20.00
    Illinois $500
    Indiana $0 (public version - does not include history/DOB/voter ID)/$5,000 (unrestricted version )
    Iowa $1,500 for annual subscription/$2,200 for single set (based on # of voters)
    Kansas $200.00
    Kentucky $450
    Louisiana $5,000
    Maine restricted access
    Maryland $125.00
    Massachusetts  
    Michigan $23.00
    Minnesota $46.00
    Mississippi $2,100
    Missouri $50.00
    Montana $1,000
    Nebraska $500.00
    Nevada $0 (available online)
    New Hampshire $8,300
    New Jersey $2.55
    New Mexico approx $5,000 (based on number of voter records)
    New York $0
    North Carolina $0
    North Dakota $4,000
    Ohio $0 (available online)
    Oklahoma $0 (available online)
    Oregon $500
    Pennsylvania $20.00
    Rhode Island $25.00
    South Carolina $2,500
    South Dakota $2,500
    Tennessee $2,500
    Texas approx $1600 +/- (based on number of voter records)
    Utah $1,050
    Vermont $0
    Virginia approx $10,000 per election
    Washington $0 (available online)
    West Virginia $1,000
    Wisconsin $12,500
    Wyoming $0 (if emailed)

    States manage the release of data in varying ways including posting online, electronic file transfer, or by sending a CD via standard mail. Check with your Secretary of State’s office to find out more.

    Posted By
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    True the Vote
    11th of July 2017

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