Fighting for Citizenship Checks in Voter Registration
True the Vote joined forces this week to fight for citizenship verification in voter registration before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Public Integrity Legal Foundation, on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, filed an amicus brief urging SCOTUS take the case Kobach v. EAC to bring about citizenship checks in some states. A central point offered in support of the appeal cites True the Vote research demonstrating how individuals admitted to be noncitizens on their voter registration applications, yet received registered status with the State of Texas all the same. True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht hailed the effort in a release this week.
“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.”
A Quick Thanks from TTV
Fresh voter roll data continues to come in from all across the country and is making its way into the TTV Research Database. Every now and then, we all need some perspective to understand just how large of a task we’ve undertaken. The raw public data purchased from states alone – not logged IT hours or other expenses related to building a national database – costs roughly $180,000 per year. If you have not heard it lately, THANK YOU for building the True the Vote Movement with us.
There’s a New Attorney General in Town
The nation has a new Attorney General as U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch was confirmed on Capitol Hill this week. As you may recall, TTV Founder Catherine Engelbrecht testified before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary earlier this year during confirmation hearings. You can catch video highlights of the testimony here. With a new AG will come renewed expectations that election laws are applied fully and equitably. Stay tuned to TTV as this issue develops.
On-Demand Research Training is Now Available
The demand for Research Database training has gone through the roof. Since our live training system caps the number of attendees per session, TTV has created an on-demand option for anyone interested. By either visiting the truethevote.org homepage or clicking here, you can get started with on-demand training.
The Legislative Working Group’s Drawing Board
Email us if there is election reform legislation on the move in your state that you’d like to see passed/defeated.
HB 1011 / SB 1360 -- Defines "address of legal residence"; requires voter registration application to include applicant's address of legal residence; provides that list of valid addresses maintained by supervisor of elections must include certain additional distinguishing information. The bill needs the support of Floridians to see it through to adoption.
Election Integrity Maryland has created a section on its website to detail all the work being done for election reform legislation. Click here to access it.
HB 30 -- Would require a government-issued photo ID. Provisions are made if an individual is unable to obtain the necessary documentation to obtain such an ID. The bill has been voted on by the House and is now going through the process in the Senate. If approved by the Senate, voters must approve the bill as an amendment to the Missouri Constitution.
HB 67 -- Allows military personnel or other government workers returning from overseas to register to vote until 5pm on the Friday prior to an election, provided he or she can show sufficient documentation showing eligibility to qualify for late registration. The bill is awaiting a vote of the full House.
HB 339 -- Would remove a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that contains the name and address of the voter from the list of acceptable forms of identification to allow a qualified voter to vote. The bill has been referred to the full House for passage.
HB 1016 -- Would allow poll challengers/watchers to remain inside the polling station past the closing of the polls and until all counting, verification, breakdown and delivery of the voting material to the designated collection points or the election authority is completed. This bill has now been added as an amendment to HB 336 and is waiting for a 3rd reading and referral to the full House for a vote.
HB 621 – Relates to the termination of a volunteer deputy voter registrar’s appointment. Under the bill, county election officials would be empowered to revoke deputy status should they engage in any activity considered to be a violation of duties. Contact members of the House Committee on Elections to share your SUPPORT for this bill.
SB 796 -- Relating to the use of information from the lists of noncitizens excused or disqualified from jury service. The bill would make records of individuals claiming non-citizenship as justification to be excused from jury duty a matter of public record – significantly easing the process for concerned citizens to assist in voter roll cleanup. Contact members of the Senate Committee on State Affairs to share your SUPPORT for this bill.
HB 891 – This bill was sent to calendars on April 15, 2015. Relating to establishing an interstate voter registration crosscheck program.