• 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!

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    18th of November 2016
  • HOUSTON, TX. – November 7, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, offers its smartphone app, VoteStand, to the general public and media outlets to report and gather election incidents in real-time. 

    "We developed VoteStand in response to requests from voters who’d experienced problems at the polls and felt helpless to do anything about it," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "True the Vote exists to help empower voters. With the VoteStand app if voters, poll workers, or election observers see something—they can say something. Our network of watchdogs and election officials can receive reports in real time and take appropriate action.”

    VoteStand has been operational throughout much of the nation’s early voting periods and has already received scores of verified complaints ranging from voting machine malfunction, lax voter ID enforcement, absentee ballot problems and unlawful poll worker training. To date, reports from 24 states have been published within VoteStand, to include North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Virginia, and Ohio.

    The app is currently available for iPhone and Android mobile devices free of charge in their respective stores.

    A Twitter account (@VoteStand) has been opened to promote new incidents and provide quick, multi-platform access to the latest data available.

    Media outlets are welcome to contact True the Vote for more information about the application and specific reports by sending an email, here.

    True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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.

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    7th of November 2016
  • Allows Would-Be Voters to Pick a Name

    HOUSTON, TX. – October 31, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released an open letter of inquiry to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, drawing attention to serious code violations in current state election worker training video. 

    On October 27, True the Vote received a request for help from an L.A. County poll inspector who was distressed after witnessing a training video encouraging polling place staff to ignore voter identification procedures.

    The complaint was originally received via TTV's smartphone app, VoteStand.

    Unlike some other states, California does not have a photo ID law for active voters. California election law requires only that a prospective voter be able speak their name and residential address during check in at the poll. If the voter's name cannot be found in the register, then state law requires that the election worker offer a provisional ballot to the voter, which is kept separate from other cast ballots until the voter's registration can be confirmed.

    The L.A. County training video instructs workers to allow voters to self-select a name from the register, if the worker cannot find the name.

    "Election fraud has become institutionalized in our voting systems -- this is a textbook example of exactly how it happens," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "California's system has long been known to have weak voter identification rules. The County’s training essentially neuters what is left of them."

    TTV compared training materials on the subject from other counties to include San Diego, Fresno and Alameda and found no such allowance for voters to "assist" poll workers in finding their voter registration.

    The public letter notes the severity of the issue; given that Los Angeles County is the largest voting jurisdiction in the nation with 5,191,388 voters currently registered.

    In its letter, True the Vote asked the County to immediately issue a notice of correction to all election workers, on behalf of the estimated 56% of LA voters who'll cast their vote in person on November 8th.

    The letter submitted to Los Angeles County Clerk Dean Logan may be read in full, here.

    True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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.

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    True the Vote
    31st of October 2016

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