True the Vote Offers Legal Support to Georgia Counties That Stand Up to ACLU’s Misinformation and Intimidation Campaign
Sends Letter to Georgia County Election Boards Clarifying Legal Grounds of Elector Challenges
ATLANTA, Georgia – True the Vote, one of the nation’s foremost citizen-run election integrity and voters’ rights organizations, is offering to support legal efforts required of any Georgia county that chooses to stand up to the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) and its allies’ lawsuit threats in the wake of elector challenges. It reaffirmed its commitment to protecting all legal voters’ rights while working to challenge any invalid registrations.
In a letter to every County Election Board in the Peach State, True the Vote called out misinformation being spread ACLU representatives and leftist election lawyer Marc Elias, and condemned their threats of lawsuits against Georgia County Election Boards that follow the law to protect the integrity of the upcoming runoff elections. In the letter, True the Vote clearly explains the legal grounds of its elector challenges and urges counties to move forward with steps necessary to identify invalid votes that could impact the integrity of the election.
“Thank you for the ongoing work you’re doing toward our shared goal of carrying out the Senate runoff election in a way that complies with Georgia law and promotes faith in the outcome,” True the Vote founder, Catherine Engelbrecht wrote in the letter. “Our organization, True the Vote, has worked in all 159 counties in the state to ensure that every legal vote counts and every illegal vote is discovered.”
The letter continued, “As our attorneys confirm through this correspondence, the elector challenges apply solely to eligibility to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff election. This process will not result in any voters being removed from the rolls, and will not deny the right to vote of any legal voter. A challenged voter can vote a challenged ballot, with that vote counted once eligibility is confirmed.”
The full letter along with a legal summary from True the Vote General Counsel James Bopp, Jr. can be found here and below. The letter sent to Georgia counties from the Perkins-Coie Law Firm in an attempt to intimidate counties from carrying out the elector challenges is available here.
Last week, True the Vote initiated an historic elector challenge in all 159 Georgia counties in an effort to uphold the integrity of the upcoming U.S. Senate runoff elections and ensure that any illegal or invalid votes are not counted in the final results. True the Vote has also partnered with the Georgia Republican Party to hold signature verification training, run a statewide voter hotline, monitor absentee ballot drop boxes, and other election integrity initiatives. True the Vote offered similar assistance to the Georgia Democratic Party, but has not received a reply.
December 21, 2020
To Georgia County Election Boards:
Thank you for the ongoing work you’re doing toward our shared goal of carrying out the Senate runoff election in a way that complies with Georgia law and promotes faith in the outcome. Our organization, True the Vote, has worked in all 159 counties in the state to ensure that every legal vote counts and every illegal vote is discovered. Using databases including the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address file, we have assisted Georgia citizens with voter challenges in cases where there is probable cause to believe that the person has moved out of the county where they are registered.
We are aware that the ACLU and the Perkins-Coie law firm have provided several counties with misleading information about the voter challenges, and we want to correct the record, as well as assure that we will support the legal efforts of any county that follows Georgia law by reviewing the status of challenged voters. Attached is a letter we requested from our General Counsel, Jim Bopp, with The Bopp Law Firm, to more
fully detail the legal grounds support the elector challenges.
As our attorneys confirm through this correspondence, the elector challenges apply solely to eligibility to vote in the Jan. 5 runoff election. This process will not result in any voters being removed from the rolls, and will not deny the right to vote of any legal voter. A challenged voter can vote a challenged ballot, with that vote counted once eligibility is confirmed.
The challenges provided used the National Change of Address database, and were further refined through the use of other commercially available sources, to identify records that indicated a permanent change in residence. The challenges do demonstrate probable cause that a voter has moved away from the address at which they are registered to vote. Georgia hasn’t crosschecked its rolls with the National Change of Address database since 2019. Given estimates that 11 percent of Americans move every year, there’s high probability that many people are registered in Georgia at addresses where they no longer live. These elector challenges are a method provided for under Georgia to protect the integrity of the voter rolls.
It’s prudent to carry out these challenges now. The failure of county election boards to comply with Georgia law and accept the challenges before them risks invalidating the runoff election, which would require another. We look forward to working with you to complete a successful election where every Georgian can have faith in the system and believe the outcome reflects the will of legal voters.
For America -
True the Vote, Founder
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True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)3 voters' rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers 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 www.truethevote.org.