Saturday, May 02, 2015

TTV weekly update


Concern for Noncitizen Voting Continues to Spread Nationally

As you may have seen in
Breitbart News, Townhall and The Daily Signal, True the Vote research demonstrating how admitted noncitizens landed on voter rolls continues to raise awareness for the need to require citizenship verification as part of voter registration. We uncovered this data after the fact, unfortunately. Since vote dilution is unacceptable in any amount, TTV has been working for months to study procedural relationships between federal voter registration mandates and certain states laws allowing the issuance of driver’s licenses to unlawfully-present noncitizens. The added probability of some of these same states adopting Oregon’s delayed universal voter registration model can certainly exacerbate existing flaws. Spotting a few dozen noncitizens on voter rolls is certainly outrageous – but seeing how tens to hundreds of thousands more can automatically be registered would be a disaster. True the Vote recently released preliminary findings related to this project, which can be found here. Stay tuned for the next report coming soon.
Thousands More Lois Lerner Emails Identified

News broke this week that of the 30,000 IRS emails miraculously recovered in past months, roughly 6,400 of those have been identified as Lois Lerner’s. And from an investigative standpoint, those communications likely have never seen the light of day. The thousands of emails spanned from 2010 to 2013 -- the key time period for IRS targeting. True the Vote has been working for months to use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to get our hands on emails directly related to us. We have gone from “no” answers to “try again later.” With this recent disclosure, it appears that our requests will finally get the green light. As always, we’ll keep you posted on the latest.

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Treasury Inspector General & IRS Backslap Each Other

Aside from the Lerner email recovery, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a report late this week commending the IRS for reforming itself in the aftermath of its targeting activities. Don’t be fooled; this is not where the scandal ends. The TIGTA report limited findings only to 501(c)(4) applicants and ensures that Be On The Lookout (BOLO) tactics are no longer used, according to polls of active IRS employees. Predictably, senior IRS leadership hailed the report as acknowledgment the agency has turned over a new leaf. To read the report,
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The Washington Times to read Catherine Engelbrecht’s reaction to the matter.

Texas Defends its Voter ID Law Before 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

The Justice Department was not treated to a cake walk when Texas defended its ID law before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week. The three-judge panel wondered aloud whether the case should be sent back down to the trial court to review evidence based on the 2014 Election. The Court discussed the merits of reviewing the actual effects of the law in the context of the November election – not just ruling on speculation. Further, some justices questioned evidence to claim that the law was written with racially discriminatory intent. You can read more about the case on the
True the Vote blog.
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