True the Vote This Week 7/8/16

8th of July 2016

We just found 36K bad registrations in Florida

True the Vote released one of its largest voter-roll research findings to date this week, flagging more than 36,000 records for cases of duplications, death, double voting, minors registered, illegal addresses and so on. TTV scanned 16 counties -- the ten largest by population, plus those with a history of having more than 100% voter registration. If past experience with this kind of research in other states is indicative of what happens next, we’ll see voter rolls cleaned well before ballots are cast this year. TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht explained the importance of the work:

Florida was the epicenter of the Bush  v. Gore election debacle in 2000, when the vulnerabilities of our election process were put on full display, hanging chads and all. The best way to improve voter confidence is to make our election process, specifically voter roll maintenance, a priority in every state. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”

You can get all of the details by reading our press release here.

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!

Dear Media, get your voter suppression narrative straight

Two high-profile media outlets’ contradictions over voter suppression only underscore the weaknesses of the popular left-wing charge itself. So are voter ID laws supposed to help or hurt presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump? NBC News votes HELP. The broadcaster figures that since minorities hate him so much, anything to keep them at bay is an advantage. Capitol Hill rag Roll Call votes HURT, however. Arguing that voter ID and the like hurt all minorities and “poor, working-class white voters”, Trump could lose a key portion of the electorate – especially in the Rust Belt.

But here’s the rub: how can a “poor, working-class white” person get a job (don’t forget that I-9 Form) without an ID that would also be used to vote? Are minorities biologically hindered from doing the same? #VoterSuppression is based on pure supposition, fueled by the classic soft bigotry of low expectations. The narrative is showing cracks – perhaps it will be a thing of the past by 2020.

Sign up for the July 19, 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 19, 2016 Conference Call today. What do we do now? Can we be confident that 2016 will be fraud-free? We need to talk. Let’s set our sights on November at last. 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 - STATES

 
ALABAMA
Efforts continue to ensure that all registered voters in Alabama will be prepared when they go to the polls. Newscenter 11 caught up with a representative from the Alabama Secretary of State's office as he and members of the Choctaw County Board of Registrars prepared for a Free Mobile Voter ID Drive in Butler Thursday.
Alabama sponsors free mobile photo identification voter drives
 
The Alabama Secretary of State’s office announced today it will hold a drive for voter registration and to issue photo IDs on July 30 in Athens.
Secretary of State to register voters, issue photo IDs in Athens
 
KANSAS

Civil rights groups are calling on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to rescind instructions telling local election officials to throw out votes in local and state races cast by tens of thousands of people who register at motor vehicle offices without proving U.S. citizenship.
ACLU: Kansas Official ‘Deliberately’ Creating Voter Chaos
 
MISSOURI
A controversial measure that would require a government-issued photo ID to vote was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday, with the Democratic governor arguing it would act as a barrier against citizens’ fundamental right to vote.
Nixon vetoes voter ID bill, Republicans vow to override
 
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Wednesday his office has certified a joint resolution to put a voter ID amendment on the November ballot.
Voter ID amendment certified for November ballot
 
TEXAS
The deadline for a federal appeals court to rule on the state’s controversial voter ID law is fast approaching. The U.S. Supreme Court gave the court until July 20 to make a decision about whether the law violates federal civil rights law. But, no matter what happens, this likely isn’t the end of this legal battle.
Deadline Approaches for Texas Voter ID Law, But It Likely Won't End the Legal Battle
 
WISCONSIN
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice say plaintiffs have no case because they lack evidence that they were harmed. In their final pre-trial brief, DOJ lawyers wrote that the entire lawsuit was built on anecdotes.
"An anecdote is not evidence of a systemic burden on voters,” wrote the DOJ.
Federal Judge Hears Closing Arguments In Voter ID Lawsuit
 
A federal judge said Thursday there are few clear guidelines for how to rule on parts of a challenge to Wisconsin's voting rules, while also questioning how much of an effect the state's voter ID law has had on elections.
Federal judge: Impact of Wisconsin voter ID law unclear
 
The Wisconsin Elections Commission has approved a plan to use $250,000 in funding to raise awareness about the state’s voter ID requirement.
Wisconsin Elections Commission approves voter ID awareness campaign
 

 MANDATORY VOTER REGISTRATION

 
CONNECTICUT
[I]t’s a concern for state Rep. Arthur O’Neill, a Republican, that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles—which recently misidentified more than 50,000 people for having unpaid taxes on their vehicles—will be in charge of voter registration.
“If you misidentify 30,000 voters, that’s more than enough to swing an election,” O’Neill, deputy minority leader of the Connecticut House, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.
Connecticut to Register Voters at DMV. What Could Go Wrong? Critics Ask
 
NEW JERSEY
Gov. Christie will be asked to sign into law a measure from state legislators that requires the state Motor Vehicle Commission to automatically register or update a person’s voter registration as part of applying for or renewing a driver’s license.
NJ Legislators Approve Law To Make MVC Register Drivers To Vote
 
WASHINGTON
Throughout the nearly hour-long debate — moderated by KIRO-AM host Dave Ross — Podlodowski criticized her opponent’s record over her four years in the position, while Wyman attempted to frame the former Seattle City Councilmember as unprepared for the nuances of the role.  One of the main points of contention on the night surrounded the Washington Voting Rights Act.
Podlodowski voiced her strong support for the measure, along with a bevy of other efforts she believes would increase voter turnout, including postage-free ballots, automatic voter registration, same day registration, and pre-registration for 16-and-17-year-olds.
Secretary of State contenders square off

Updates courtesy of the Lawyer's Defense Fund

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