21st of April 2015

Cited TTV Analysis Demonstrates Need for Citizenship Checks Sought in Kobach v. EAC

HOUSTON, TX. -- April 21, 2015: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today offered full support for an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, urging an appeal be granted for Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, et al. (Case no. 14-1164). The brief cites TTV research demonstrating that admitted noncitizens were able to register to vote.

In late 2010, True the Vote uncovered numerous cases of apparent fraud in Harris County, Texas, where individuals professed non-citizenship when completing voter registration forms and were eventually placed on the voter roll. Researchers also exposed cases of voters claiming both foreign and U.S. citizenship statuses – all making their way onto the registry. A sampling of findings was furnished to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for further review, yet no clear action was taken thereafter.

True the Vote’s citizen research was cited to counter recent DOJ claims that current enforcement of federal laws pertaining to voter registration does not warrant added citizenship verification.

“This filing will hopefully prove a testament to just how much can be accomplished when concerned citizens, legal foundations and public officials work toward the goal of improved election integrity,” True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. “It’s truly satisfying to know that the hard work of regular citizens could potentially inspire citizenship verification in voter registration.”

The amicus brief in Kobach v. EAC was filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU).

True the Vote has a track record of supporting the plaintiffs of the federal lawsuit. In 2013, Kansas, Arizona and Georgia requested that the Election Assistance Commission amend instructions for those applying for voter registration to provide proof of citizenship. During the public comment period, the EAC acknowledged True the Vote’s analysis that such a requirement would be predictable – particularly for new U.S. citizens – given similar requirements throughout North America.

A copy of the amicus briefing may be found here.


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