As Americans, our right to vote and to have it count is our most essential civil right because it gives us—We the People—the power to decide who governs us.
During the past 10 years, vote fraud convictions or prosecutions have occurred in 46 states. At the same time, liberal media and government officials continue to falsely characterize efforts to protect election integrity and the registration process as “suppressing” the minority vote.
The Obama administration, which should have enforced the portion of the 1993 Motor Voter Law that requires states to maintain accurate voter rolls, instead sued states for attempting to clean up their lists and eliminate ineligible voters or require photo IDs to vote.
The American Civil Rights Union has been doing the job that the Justice Department should have been doing but under President Obama refused to do—ensuring the integrity of voter registrations. The ACRU is the only organization to successfully sue counties that have more registered voters than they have eligible voting-age residents. We have won several consent agreements with counties in Mississippi and Texas to clean up their voter rolls, have forced Philadelphia to open its registration records and are in active litigation against Broward County, Florida.
We sought to prevent significant vote fraud in 2016 by getting as many problematic counties as possible under federal court oversight. Our long-term goal is to establish through the courts the legal requirements for counties to maintain accurate voter rolls and continue to apply pressure for counties to do so nationwide.
Following their bruising defeat in the 2016 election, “voting rights” advocates are gearing up to impose noncitizen voting, as well as same-day and automatic voter registration on the states. They know that the only way to advance the progressive agenda is to change the rules of the game. In response, the ACRU is working with conscientious state legislators and secretaries of state who are fighting to ensure the integrity of our elections.
We urge all states to protect the votes of their citizens by:
- Requiring proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote;
- Requiring a photo ID to vote in person; and
- Requiring signature verification and an acceptable proof of ID when voting by mail.
The Voting Integrity Institute is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use resource available about voting integrity issues and activity. With a single click, you can find out what is happening in your state, get the latest news and commentary, and find out how you can help protect your vote from being stolen.
The only cure for vote fraud is prevention.