Press Release - NV and VA 5.14.20 - to ttv press list
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2020
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True the Vote Continues Battle toProtect Voters in Nevada and Virginia
True the Vote’s “Voter Rights Initiative” files preliminary injunctions to maintain voting safeguards as states pursue expanded vote by mail efforts
HOUSTON, Texas - True the Vote, as part of its Voter Rights Initiative, today filed legal action in Nevada and Virginia in order to preserve critical voting safeguards that are necessary to upholding the integrity of elections. “As more and more efforts are made across the country to mandate voting by mail, True the Vote is committed to ensuring Americans’ constitutional voting rights are upheld, that their option to vote at polling places is not taken away, and that proper security measures are in place to guarantee that all eligible votes are properly counted,” said Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote. “All Americans should be concerned by the radical changes being made to our election processes under the guise of public health related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The sudden shift to all-mail ballots is only part of what’s happening. They are stripping essential security measures, like Voter ID laws and signature verification; sending ballots to inaccurate addresses and ineligible voters; and counting ballots received after Election Day. While implementing appropriate public health safeguards is a priority, so too must be protecting the integrity of our elections.”“All across the country, there are Democrats using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to illegally dilute voter rights, regardless of the laws in place meant to protect every American’s vote at the ballot box,” said True the Vote General Counsel James Bopp, Jr., lead counsel for the Plaintiff Voters in the Nevada and Virginia law suits. “No one is against traditional absentee balloting, but everyone who values the rule of law should be against efforts of unaccountable bureaucrats to expand mail in voting in a manner that removes critical anti-vote-fraud protections and the option of voting in person at a polling place, which is the most secure manner to ensure ballots are cast legally and accurately.”In Nevada, True the Vote filed a preliminary injunction to challenge the Secretary of State’s imposition of universal mail in balloting, where ballots are mailed wholesale to every registered voter without the legally required request, and Clark County’s decision to illegally mail ballots also to inactive voters and to hire illegal ballot harvesters. In Virginia, True the Vote filed a preliminary injunction to stop the Virginia State Board of Elections from designating everyone in Virginia as “disabled” as a means to illegally allow all voters to request an absentee ballot, even though current law passed by the Virginia State Assembly prevents them from doing so. This action will result in disenfranchisement of voters, since Virginia election officials are not equipped with the resources needed to handle a mass influx of mail ballots, and they do not have procedures in place to guarantee that all eligible voters will receive a ballot.To date, True the Vote has taken legal action in New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia, with plans to engage in more states as necessary, where groups are taking steps to usurp the rule of law and remove critical safeguards that guarantee free and fair elections.
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True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 voters' rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.