True the Vote This Week 6/24/16

24th of June 2016

Voter Registration Shaming: Canine Edition

If you live in a swing state, you must constantly be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on what tries to pass as ‘official election mail’. Recently, a family in the Raleigh, North Carolina area received an envelope stating, “government documents enclosed” that pertained to their household’s voter registration. So they promptly opened it. Inside, they found a letter from the Voter Participation Center, with a downtown Raleigh address, noting that one family member -- Benicia -- was discovered to not be currently registered to vote. Further, the mailing stated that the entity “will be reviewing the North Carolina voter file in eight weeks to see” if Benicia submitted an application to register. There’s a big problem here (among others): Benicia was a border collie who has since deceased.

This isn’t the first time that the Voter Participation Center has popped up with official-looking mailers trawling for new voters in the pet cemeteries of America. These kinds of groups purchase commercial databases and blend them with voter rolls to spot gaps. Is that fraud? Not really. Can it create opportunities for fraud? You better believe it! Some voter registration agencies develop ‘white lists’ to keep tabs on every residential address that could be used for voter registration; but the same cannot be said for eligible voters.

Whether you live in the swingiest state in the nation or not, data-driven politicking can create issues like the one described above. If you receive any questionable mail posing as official election business, tell True the Vote.

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!

Congress Considers Docking IRS Chief’s Pay

If you can’t impeach him, just don’t pay him! That’s the latest thinking on Capitol Hill regarding what is to be done with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. This week, Congressmen Ken Buck (R-CO) and Mark Sanford (R-SC) added an amendment to the 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act to zero out the IRS Chief’s salary, effectively removing him from the job. You can help out here. Contact members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and show your support for the effort today.

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.

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