Texas election integrity group True The Vote issued a release early this morning detailing new evidence of voter fraud in Ohio, New York, Rhode Island, and Florida. After comparing states’ voting records, True The Vote submitted dozens of cases to state and federal authorities.
According to the release, “True The Vote found more than 19,000 Ohio voters claiming Florida mailing addresses, according to state records. More than 6,390 people hold registrations in both states. True The Vote identified 534 individuals allegedly casting ballots in both Ohio and Florida. Today 34 cases were turned over to federal and state authorities.”
If the individuals identified did, in fact, vote in both Ohio and Florida, felony charges may be forthcoming.
The release quoted Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of Houston-based True The Vote, as saying, “Our initial belief that we had uncovered only the tip of the iceberg continues to be reinforced. Pew Research’s finding that 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state continues to ring true.”
“It’s important for voters to remember that no candidate or cause is worth a felony conviction,” Engelbrecht said.
True The Vote has been under fire from many of the same labor unions and progressive activists maligning Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican. Husted has been labeled the “secretary of suppression” by liberal agitators including American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 8 Field Services Director Thomas Ritchie, a white male paid $131,599 in union dues in 2011.
Additionally, liberal media outlets including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have insinuated that True The Vote and state partner Ohio Voter Integrity Project are driven by racism and partisanship, mocking and criticizing the groups’ efforts to serve as watchdogs over inadequately maintained voter rolls.
New York Times reporter Stephanie Saul, who attended a True The Vote event covered by Media Trackers in August, began a September 16 story about voter fraud by writing, ”It might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists.”
Los Angeles Times reporter Michael Finnegan began his story with, “Lori Monroe, a 40-year-old Democrat who lives in central Ohio, was startled a few weeks ago to open a letter that said a stranger was challenging her right to vote in the presidential election.”
“Monroe, who was recovering from cancer surgery, called the local election board to protest,” Finnegan continued. “A local tea party leader was trying to strike Monroe from the voter rolls for a reason that made no sense: Her apartment building in Lancaster was listed as a commercial property.”
By ridiculing concerns about voter fraud and assailing conservative efforts to maintain election integrity, Saul and Finnegan boosted the narrative pushed continually by Ohio leftists.
In a True The Vote statement issued in response on October 1, Engelbrecht explained, “Formal hearings normally occur only if the county cannot confirm the accuracy of the registration by any means other than the personal appearance of the voter. The citizens involved in OVIP attended these formal hearings with the understanding that the Counties found merit in their Challenges.”
Engelbrecht continued, “Suddenly, their well-intentioned efforts were spun and recast as villainous; their names were splayed across the front pages of their local papers; West Coast reporters showed up on their lawns and stalked them for comment, suddenly they found themselves at the center of a national spectacle. They trusted in the system and were betrayed at every turn.”
Although every registered voter in the state was mailed an absentee ballot application and early in-person voting begins today – 35 days before the election – progressive politicians and their allies smear any attempt to limit voter fraud as a reinstatement of Jim Crow laws.