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News
Voter ID Advocate Calls Justice Dept. a ‘Rogue Agency’

WASHINGTON – Texas Voter ID advocate Catherine Engelbrecht, who sued the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups, slammed the Justice Department as a “rogue agency” Thursday in testimony before a Senate panel considering attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
Engelbrecht, founder of Houston-based True the Vote, was invited to testify by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, underscoring GOP efforts to highlight their differences with current Attorney General Eric Holder, a lightning rod for Obama administration critics.
Although Engelbrecht expressed no specific position on Lynch’s confirmation, her participation was criticized by Democrats and some liberal groups who say the two-day hearing on an otherwise qualified nominee has been turned into forum for administration critics.
“I’m here today because I was targeted by the government for daring to speak out,” Engelbrecht told the committee. “I’m here as one of thousands of Americans who have become living examples of a kind of trickle down tyranny that is actively endorsed by the current administration and rigorously enforced by the Department of Justice.”

In the Courts
Federal Judge Rejects Mississippi Lawsuit on Voter Information

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Texas-based True the Vote and 22 Mississippians seeking birth dates of Mississippi voters.
“Plaintiffs are not entitled to any of the requested documents they seek in this case under the National Voter Registration Act,” U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas said in her opinion. “Neither poll books nor absentee ballot applications and envelopes fall within the NVRA Public Disclosure Provision. Mississippi’s Voter Roll does fall within that provision, but Plaintiffs already have a copy of the Voter Roll and Defendant (Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert) Hosemann has conceded that it is disclosable under the NVRA.”
Hosemann said all information contained on the poll books is and was available to this out-of-state corporation, any citizen or any candidate, after properly redacting the voter’s birthdate.
True the Vote and the 22 Mississippians filed the lawsuit against Hosemann, the state Republican Party and election commissions in nine counties.
“This is not a case of voter fraud,” Atlas said. “It’s whether the National Voter Registration Act was complied with and whether it pre-empts state statute. This case is about transparency of the voter process with the counter-issue of voter privacy.”
True the Vote claims it was denied access to voting records in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties. The group also claims records have been destroyed or tampered with.
Most of the Mississippians who joined with True the Vote in the lawsuit were supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel in his challenge of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel led the June 3 Republican primary but lost to Cochran in the June 24 runoff.
True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht testified that the organization wants only a fair election process.

Commentary
6.9 Million Multiple Voters in 28 States, Study Finds

RICHMOND, Va. — Some 6.9 million Americans are registered to vote in two or more states, according to a report obtained by Watchdog.org.
“Our nation’s voter rolls are a mess,” says Catherine Engelbrecht, president of the election-watch group True The Vote.
“Sensible approaches to roll maintenance are fought tooth and nail by radical special interests who can use the duplicity in the system to their advantage,” she said.
The latest interstate voter cross check tallied 6,951,484 overlapping voter registrations, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
The cross-check program involves only 28 states and does not include the three largest: California, Texas and Florida.

In the Courts
True the Vote Sues Mississippi Secretary of State, GOP over Alleged Vote Fraud

Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.
The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.

In the Courts
Ohio Agrees to Clean Up Voter Rolls

True the Vote and Judicial Watch have reached a “historic” settlement with Ohio to ensure clean voter rolls in that state. The settlement is historic because it marks the first case brought by a private party under Section 8 of Motor Voter against a state to require the clean up of corrupted state voter rolls. Last fall, the American Civil Rights Union became the first private organization to reach a settlement under Motor Voter with two Mississippi counties.

In the Courts
True the Vote Sues Two Colorado County Clerks

A national conservative organization that aims to address voter fraud filed lawsuits Monday against two Colorado county clerks for what it says is improper maintenance of voter rolls.
True the Vote alleges clerks from Gilpin and Mineral counties have voter registration rates — according to the group’s analysis — of more than 100 percent, which it says signifies a problem.
As a result, the group says, the clerks haven’t complied with the Voter Registration Act of 1993 by not making “a reasonable effort to conduct voter list maintenance programs in elections for federal office.”

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