31st of October 2016

Allows Would-Be Voters to Pick a Name

HOUSTON, TX. – October 31, 2016: True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today released an open letter of inquiry to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, drawing attention to serious code violations in current state election worker training video. 

On October 27, True the Vote received a request for help from an L.A. County poll inspector who was distressed after witnessing a training video encouraging polling place staff to ignore voter identification procedures.

The complaint was originally received via TTV's smartphone app, VoteStand.

Unlike some other states, California does not have a photo ID law for active voters. California election law requires only that a prospective voter be able speak their name and residential address during check in at the poll. If the voter's name cannot be found in the register, then state law requires that the election worker offer a provisional ballot to the voter, which is kept separate from other cast ballots until the voter's registration can be confirmed.

The L.A. County training video instructs workers to allow voters to self-select a name from the register, if the worker cannot find the name.

"Election fraud has become institutionalized in our voting systems -- this is a textbook example of exactly how it happens," True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht said. "California's system has long been known to have weak voter identification rules. The County’s training essentially neuters what is left of them."

TTV compared training materials on the subject from other counties to include San Diego, Fresno and Alameda and found no such allowance for voters to "assist" poll workers in finding their voter registration.

The public letter notes the severity of the issue; given that Los Angeles County is the largest voting jurisdiction in the nation with 5,191,388 voters currently registered.

In its letter, True the Vote asked the County to immediately issue a notice of correction to all election workers, on behalf of the estimated 56% of LA voters who'll cast their vote in person on November 8th.

The letter submitted to Los Angeles County Clerk Dean Logan may be read in full, here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip voters 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



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