True the Vote This Week 6/17/16

17th of June 2016

A moral victory over the IRS?

To say it’s frustrating seeing members of Congress promise to protect top officers of the Internal Revenue Service is an understatement, at best. But, that’s where we are. This week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution (along party lines) to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. His supporters on the Committee made the case that he simply misled Congress over what he knew about the IRS targeting scheme at the time he testified -- rather than intentionally falsifying his testimony. Nevertheless, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Oversight Committee Chairman, said this was the “first step” to impeachment of the Obama appointee. The House Judiciary Committee is still considering full impeachment.

Good news, right? Well, no.  Not really.

If the House of Representatives managed to send an impeachment action to the Senate, it would be DOA. The Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-UT), told The Hill that there’s zero chance any impeachment action would be taken seriously. Yeah. You should tell him how you feel about that. Congress can grandstand and proclaim common cause with True the Vote all it wants. But, getting justice remains our business alone.

Schedule a TTV speaker today!

Just in time for the height of the 2016 Election, True the Vote has fanned out staff and speakers around the southern and southeastern United States -- with more to come. Do you have a meeting or conference coming up and would like to book a speaker on the subject of election integrity? We’ve streamlined the request process with a form now available on the website, here. We can’t wait to attend your next event!

Voter registration fraud ruins lives

New York offers yet another cautionary tale of what can happen when someone becomes so blinded by their politics that they decide to allegedly cheat. Niagara Falls resident Rus Thompson faces criminal prosecution for falsely registering and voting in primary and general elections in 2015. To date, he has rejected plea deals, and now he faces up to four years in prison if convicted. You can read more about the story at the Buffalo News.

Sign up for the July 12, 2016 TTV National Conference Call

We may be approaching the dog days of summer already, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time to let our involvement and activism slack off.  Click here to sign up for the July 12, 2016 Conference Call today. The call is scheduled to begin at 6pm Central time. We can’t wait to connect with you!  

Did you know? PEW Research highlighted a study that detailed the total amount it would cost to collect ALL voter files in the country. True the Vote’s national voter roll research databank costs $126,482 -- just for the raw data! If you haven’t yet, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help underwrite our research efforts.

Voter ID Updates

ALABAMA

Jim Bennett says his office's mobile ID unit made 93 stops across the state before the primary and runoff elections.
Mobile voter ID unit coming to central Alabama
 
Representatives of the office set up at Priceville Town Hall to provide free photo identification to those in need of voter IDs. It's a year round comprehensive county by county tour. All registered voters can get a free ID. They target places with heavy foot traffic.
Secretary of State’s Office sets up around the state offering free voter IDs
 
KANSAS

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling temporarily upholds a court order that required Kansas to allow those individuals to vote in federal elections even though they didn't provide citizenship documentation when applying or renewing their driver's licenses, as required under Kansas law. The state has said as many as 50,000 people could be affected.
10th Circuit: Kansas Can't Block Voters From Casting Ballots
 
At issue is the fate of more than 18,000 voter registration applications—most submitted by Kansans under the age of 30— that came via motor vehicle offices and that didn’t include documentary proof of citizenship. Citing a 2011 state law he pushed for that requires applicants to submit proof of citizenship, Kobach says the applications should be rejected. Voter registration applicants already must affirm, on penalty of perjury, that they are U.S. citizens.
Kris Kobach won’t say if he’s complying with order to register voters
 
MISSOURI
Missouri photo voter ID legislation will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, but legislation directing how to implement the measure is still on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk.
Nixon looks at whether to veto, sign photo voter ID implementation plan
 
NEW MEXICO
The Roswell Daily Record reports that Republican Nora Espinoza told a group of GOP women this week that those who assert Hispanics lack the ability to obtain IDs to vote insult all Latinos.
Secretary of State candidates trade barbs over voter ID
 
“Let me tell you what disenfranchisement really is,” Espinoza said. “If a single ineligible voter casts a vote, every single honest voter in New Mexico is disenfranchised. If anyone votes in the place of someone else, whether that person be alive or dead or barks, every honest New Mexican is disenfranchised.”
Espinoza, who is Hispanic, said she supports combating voter fraud with a state voter ID law. Espinoza said she will press the issue in her campaign for secretary of state, the third highest office in state government after governor and lieutenant governor, to ensure the integrity of elections.
Espinoza: New Mexicans support voter IDs
 
NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota election officials said there were few problems with voter identification Tuesday. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said about 4:30 p.m. staff members there had no more than 10 calls on voter ID issues over the course of the day.
Primary turnout strong statewide with 24 percent of eligible voters casting ballots
 
WISCONSIN
The state Government Accountability Board asked the Joint Finance Committee in April to release the money. The GAB suspended its voter ID outreach campaign in 2012 after a court challenge blocked the requirement. A federal appellate court ultimately upheld the law in 2014 and it was in effect for this past February’s primary and the April 6 general election.
Finance committee OKs money for voter ID outreach
 
Local cities and villages are prepping for a high-turnout presidential election in November, at the same time many of their most reliable poll workers are aging out of the job. This has left a gap of well over 100 new people needed at polling sites across Brown County to prevent delays for voters, according to area clerks.
Green Bay area needs over 100 new poll workers

Mandatory Voter Registration Updates

OREGON
Roughly 68,500 Oregonians have been automatically registered to vote under the state's new "motor voter" law.
Oregon registers 68,500 voters under "Motor Voter"

Updates are provided by the Lawyers Democracy Fund.

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