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Public Interest Legal Response to North Carolina Voter ID Case

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – May 15, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today issued a statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the North Carolina voter identification reform package case.

“North Carolina voters are the real losers in today’s Supreme Court decision to not take up the voter ID case,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “While the Court noted that internal politics after the election imperiled the case, the fact remains that hundreds of examples of fraud were confirmed by North Carolina officials in 2016, many of which could have been prevented by the ID package. Tar Heel voters, and the people representing them, can launch a new voter ID reform effort today.”

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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Public Interest Legal Praises Trump EO on Voter Fraud

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN.) – May 11, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today issued a statement in response to President Trump’s executive order establishing a “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity”.

“This order is a step in the right direction in response to widespread concern about failures in our election systems that can lead to fraud and other irregularities,” PILF Communications Director Logan Churchwell said. “The issues of faulty voter registration procedures and record maintenance are ripe for review. Perennial questions surrounding the actual scope of ineligible voters and their rates of participation can only be answered when federal offices share information.”

Recent Cases of Voter Fraud Uncovered since 2016

  • The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced that at least 41 noncitizens cast ballots in 2016.
  • The State of Nevada has uncovered at least three cases of noncitizen voting in 2016, according to an active investigation.
  • The State of Ohio has uncovered 821 noncitizens registered to vote since 2013, 126 of those cast ballots in various elections. The State even makes note how federal officers could do more to assist in detection.
  • Michelle Mayes (Illinois) allegedly voted twice in 2016.
  • Cynthia Katherine Castaneda and Shelby Rene Cohee (Colorado) allegedly cast absentee ballots in other voters’ names in 2016.
  • Laramie County (Wyoming) uncovered at least 16 noncitizens voting in 2016.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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J. Christian Adams Statement on Next FBI Director

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – May 10, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today issued a statement in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“During eight years of the Obama Administration, it was the wild west for voter fraud,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “The FBI and DOJ failed to prosecute federal felony after federal felony. The next FBI director shouldn’t be afraid to investigate and recommend prosecution for violating our nation’s laws against voter fraud. Because of inaction for eight years, our rolls are now full of non-citizens and people registered and voting in multiple states.”

Some Recent Cases with Federal Jurisdiction Not Pursued under Comey

  • The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced that at least 41 noncitizens cast ballots in 2016.
  • The State of Nevada has uncovered at least three cases of noncitizen voting in 2016, according to an active investigation.
  • Since 2011, at least 1,000 noncitizens have been registered to vote with many casting ballots in Virginia. No prosecutions have been reported.
  • The State of Ohio has uncovered 821 noncitizens registered to vote since 2013, 126 of those cast ballots in various elections. The State even makes note how federal officers could do more to assist in detection.
  • Michelle Mayes (Illinois) allegedly voted twice in 2016.
  • Cynthia Katherine Castaneda and Shelby Rene Cohee (Colorado) allegedly cast absentee ballots in other voters’ names in 2016.
  • Laramie County (Wyoming) uncovered at least 16 noncitizens voting in 2016.
  • Melowese Richardson (Ohio) admitted to local television crews and a court to having voted multiple times using others’ absentee ballots in 2012.
  • Wendy Rosen (Maryland) former congressional candidate from 2012 discovered to have voted twice in Maryland and Florida.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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Public Interest Legal Statement on New Iowa Voter ID Law

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – May 5, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today praised Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s signing of a voter identification law.

“We welcome Iowa to the growing collection of states enacting necessary reforms to prevent against voter fraud and boost confidence in our elections,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “This law is a step toward modernizing elections with policies and infrastructure designed to protect voters from error and fraud alike.”

Summary of HF 516 Reforms

  • Provides submission guidelines for third-party voter registration organizers.
  • Requires photo ID to vote at the polls beginning in 2019. Free IDs are provided for.
  • Details use of electronic poll books to be used for verifying felon status.
  • Sets requirements for post-election audits.
  • Sets requirements for referral of illegal votes to appropriate local law enforcement.
  • Adjusts the absentee voting period to 29 days before an election.

PILF previously shared support for Secretary of State Paul Pate’s initial framework for the bill in January 2017.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm dedicated to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections.

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