• Judge Reggie Walton, of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia just issued a critical order in True the Vote v. IRS case. The order compels the IRS to submit to discovery and depositions, giving True the Vote a long-awaited opportunity to expose the full scope of the discriminatory practices used by the Internal Revenue Service to target and abuse organizations and individuals who expressed political views in opposition to the Obama Administration.

    "This is a huge step forward," said TTV founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. “For years, the Internal Revenue Service has tried to cover up the role they played in suppressing True the Vote. Thanks to Judge Walton's Order, we will finally have an opportunity to expose the truth of what really happened inside the IRS offices in Cincinnati, all the way to the West Wing of the Obama White House. We want to ensure that no American will ever again be targeted for viewpoint discrimination by a weaponized government.”

    “After four years of obstruction, TTV will finally be able to find out how the IRS Targeting Scheme was put together and who is responsible for it. TTV needs to find out what happened in order to ensure that advocacy groups are not targeted based on their political beliefs by the IRS,” said James Bopp, Jr., attorney for TTV.“ This may involve further orders by the District Court to remedy the IRS’s illegal conduct.” A copy of Judge Walton's Order is attached here.

    Case Background: TTV originally filed its application for 501(c)(3) exemption on July 15, 2010. By that time, the IRS had already instituted a viewpoint based targeting program where conservative and Tea Party groups were purposely singled out for adverse treatment by the IRS. As the Treasury Inspector General found in its May, 2013 report, this IRS Targeting Scheme (1) selected groups for special treatment who had “Tea Party,” “Patriot,” of “9/12" in its name or who advocated conservative policy position, (2) subjected the victims to numerous inappropriate and intrusive questioning, and (3) grossly delayed the approval of their applications. When TTV filed suit, right after the Inspector General had exposed the Obama administration’s attack on conservative groups by the IRS, TTV’s charitable application had still not been granted.

    Since then, the IRS has (1) refused to acknowledge, even to this day, that the IRS had unconstitutionally targeted conservative groups for adverse treatment, and (2) doggedly obstructed all attempts by TTV to conduct discovery to find out the full nature of the IRS targeting scheme, how it was put together by the Obama Administration and who was responsible for authorizing it.

    The IRS’s effort to obstruct the TTV suit had temporary success in 2014 when the DC District Court dismissed the case saying that it was moot since the IRS claimed that it had stopped using “politically disfavored” names to select applicants for special scrutiny and since the IRS had approved TTV’s application.

    The DC Circuit Court of Appeals, however, disagreed. It held (1) that “the IRS cannot defend its discriminatory conduct on the merits” so it is claiming mootness and (2) that the IRS had not shown that there was “on reasonable expectation that the conduct will recur,” and that subsequent events had “completely and irrevocably eradicated the effects” of the IRS’s discriminatory targeting scheme. They remanded the case to the DC District Court for a “merits disposition based on adjudication of substantive evidence.”

    Once back in the District Court in the fall of 2016, the IRS again sought to obstruct TTV’s case by renewing its claim that the case was moot and should be dismissed. TTV, however, moved the District Court for discovery to ferret out the facts of the IRS Targeting Scheme that the IRS had refused to disclose since the beginning. On April 12th, the DC District Court granted TTV’s motion for discovery, permitting TTV to discover the “past acts of alleged discrimination stemming from the alleged illegal targeting scheme” to ensure that the IRS has “eradicated the effects” of its illegal targeting scheme.

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    13th of April 2017
  • True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht offers this response to President Trump’s recent announcement calling for a nationwide investigation in to voter fraud.

    “I am incredibly optimistic that we may be able to finally tackle the very real problems plaguing our election processes. The chaos documented during the 2016 election cycle was the clearest and loudest warning shot to date - systemic election problems must be resolved, or they will soon be the cause of a national crisis.

    Current research exists only in silos of disparate data and shallow analysis, offering no basis for comprehensive examination. Known problems, like non-citizen voting, are rarely chronicled and anecdotal evidence is insufficient.

    It is for this reason that True the Vote, supported by a select group of technologists, statisticians, researchers, auditors, scholars, futurists, election law experts, and process specialists, is leading a forensic audit with targeted investigations to expose election fraud and offer solutions.

    I am incredibly optimistic that we may be able to finally tackle the very real problems plaguing our election processes. The chaos documented during the 2016 election cycle was the clearest and loudest warning shot to date - systemic election problems must be resolved, or they will soon be the cause of a national crisis.

    The audit is phase one of our four year plan to include; development of a American Voter ID Program, Evaluation of Enhanced Election Technologies, Identifying Dynamic Voter Registration Verification Processes, and Development of Model Legislation.

    We look forward to working with the Trump Administration in whatever way possible.

    If our elections are not truly fair, we are not truly free.”

    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.

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    25th of January 2017
  • Keeping count of the recounts

    Sore losers are never pretty, but bored losers are worse. We should have seen it coming. After all, how complete would this epic 2016 Election be without an epilogue? If you haven’t stayed current with each twist and turn brought forth thanks to Green Party Candidate Jill Stein’s recount tour of the Rust Belt, here’s the latest update from each state.

    Wisconsin. By the time you read this, the Badger State’s actual recount will be roughly 75 percent complete and on track to finish on December 12. Stein’s $3.5 million exercise has left the status of the tabulation virtually unchanged. Historically, recounts will lead to increased vote totals for each major candidate for a myriad of reasons. No big deal. As all candidates see more votes in a recount, the question becomes: will a trailing party see so many new ballots that they overtake the leader? The numbers lay out thusly: Trump received 410 new votes, compared to Clinton’s 492 (allowing her to cut 82 votes into the overall margin of victory). Stein picked up 60, for a rate of $58,000 per vote! She probably would have been better off working on her graffiti skills in North Dakota.

    Michigan. The hand recount of 4.8 million votes was halted after U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith found that "there is no basis" for him to allow the effort to continue --especially after a state appellate court ruled unanimously that it should have never happened. Unlike Wisconsin, the MI recount would have been paid for by the taxpayers. Republican figureheads warned that the total price tag could have landed around $5 million.

    Pennsylvania. This one never really got off the ground for a variety of reasons. But the final nail in the coffin was the Green Party’s decision to drop the statewide lawsuit that would have triggered the recount.

    Former ICE Agent: Yeah, noncitizens are found as registered voters a lot

    Major discussions in 2017 will center on: 1) the true impact of noncitizen voting, and 2) how the nation can stop it. One former immigration officer doesn’t pull any punches concerning how bad the problem is. Retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Claude Arnold noted in a recent Fox News interview that during his career, he “routinely” found voter registration cards on the 1,000 plus individuals he apprehended beyond the border. Arnold summed up the problem of noncitizen voting this way: “it’s easy to do it and it’s being done.”

    Voter fraud flips another election…

    Hate to say we told you so, but that’s kind of part of our job. An election in south Texas has been ruled for a do-over after an absentee ballot fraud claim was made in a local court. The original vote count decided the winner of a Hidalgo City Council seat by six votes. Local news outlets report that the mulligan will occur in March 2017.

    Check out our ‘living’ Election Crimes Database

    If you’ve been poking around the TTV website lately, we hope you noticed a new feature at the top: the Election Crimes Database. This valuable tool has been specially created by True the Vote 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 active and dynamic database!

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    True the Vote
    9th of December 2016

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