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PILF Scores Early Court Victories in Florida Voter Roll Cleanup Suit

Court Recognizes Value in Calculating Voter Roll Bloat Rates

(MIAMI, FL.) – July 13, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a statement applauding several decisions related to a legal challenge over Broward County, Florida’s bloated voter registration records (ACRU v. Snipes).

The United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida weighed a number of matters related to proper voter list maintenance procedures; the validity of voter roll research methodologies; acceptable expert witness testimony; and others when largely denying Broward County and the SEIU United Healthcare Workers Local 1199’s joint requests for summary judgment.

“The Court offered a number of common-sense rulings in the face of Broward County’s claims that voter rolls are regularly scrubbed of outdated and ineligible records,” PILF Communications Director Logan Churchwell said. “The Court recognized that despite the County’s assurances to the contrary, one cannot dismiss the fact that Broward has more registered voters than resident citizens.”

Below is a summary of observations made by the Court to deny motions for summary judgment and prohibit certain plaintiff experts.

The Court recognized the value in studying voter registration totals against U.S. Census data.

“The Court does not agree with Snipes and United that outcomes bear no significance whatsoever when it comes to determining whether an election official has met her duties under a statute through which one of Congress’ stated purposes is to ‘ensure that accurate and current voter registration rolls are maintained’.”

“Ultimately, taking ACRU’s evidence as true, the voter registration rates extrapolated from Broward County’s voter rolls at the very least create a reasonable inference that Snipes, despite all of the stated list maintenance efforts she has undertaken, has failed to meet the reasonableness requirement under subsection (a)(4) of Section 8.”

The Court found that simply claiming to send mailings to relocating voters does not immunize registrars from scrutiny. 

“[T]his Court holds that although an election official’s particular [National Change of Address] process for identifying and removing voters who have changed their residence is “permissible under the NVRA” … such a process does not necessarily demonstrate full satisfaction of all the duties owed by that election official…”

The Court granted entry to two plaintiff experts, despite the defendants’ extensive efforts to exclude them from further proceedings.

Former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will “opine on industry practices he is familiar with, what he perceives as deficiencies in [Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office’s] list maintenance program, and how he believes such deficiencies can be remedied.”

Center for Immigration Studies Director of Research Dr. Steven Camarota will testify on the rates of voter registration for Broward County that exceed 100 percent of the eligible population.

A separate court recently recognized the value in voter registration calculations to pinpoint bloated jurisdictions like in Wake County, North Carolina, where a PILF client, Voter Integrity Project-NC, successfully defeated a dismissal motion on similar grounds.

The Broward County matter is expected to proceed to a trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida at the Wilkie D. Ferguson United States Courthouse later in July. Dates will be announced upon release.

A copy of the ruling, entered on July 12, 2017 has been made available, here.

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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Comment on J. Christian Adams’ Appointment to Trump Voting Commission

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – July 10, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today offered comment on the Trump Administration’s decision to appoint PILF President J. Christian Adams to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

“J. Christian Adams brings years of experience in protecting the rights of legitimate voters both inside and out of government to this Commission,” PILF Communications Director Logan Churchwell said. “Adams has successfully litigated against discriminatory voting districts, intimidation, jurisdictions failing to offer foreign language ballots, and counties with bloated voter rolls.

“Adams also brings deep experience in successfully dislodging voter data from states and locales that refused to disclose public records—most recently in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Churchwell added.

Under J. Christian Adams’ leadership, the Public Interest Legal Foundation achieved the following in 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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PILF Praises Eric Dreiband Nomination

Demonstrates Commitment to Rule of Law at Civil Rights Division

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – June 29, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today praised President Donald Trump’s selection of Eric Dreiband to run the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division as Assistant Attorney General.

“Eric Dreiband is the right pick to return the Civil Rights Division to a tradition of enforcing the law free from politics,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “He is the right person to renew the Division’s commitment to the Rule of Law – protecting the rights of all Americans. Further, the DOJ should again enforce laws requiring clean voter rolls and clean elections.

“The Division will hopefully return to enforcing all voting laws,” Adams added. “For too long, partisan interests drove civil rights enforcement. Refusal to hold states accountable for voter roll maintenance duties has generated fraud, confusion, and suspicion in our elections. The Voting Rights Act was designed to correct historic wrongs and confront future threats. Unfortunately, the Voting Rights Act was only enforced by the Obama Justice Department if it helped Democrat Party interests. This law must be enforced to protect all Americans.

“Mr. Dreiband will inherit a Division that has seen multiple federal courts scold lawyers for misconduct or bringing abusive cases. The American people expect Justice Department lawyers to tell the truth, follow the law, and protect civil rights rather than infringe them. For the last eight years, misconduct of every sort has affected Civil Rights Division enforcement.” 

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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Settlement Reached in Wake County NC Voter Roll Cleanup Lawsuit

(RALEIGH, NC.) – June 27, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a statement announcing a settlement agreement for a federal lawsuit to clean voter rolls in Wake County, North Carolina (Voter Integrity Project NC v. Wake County BOE).

After nearly a year of litigation, the Wake County Board of Elections (WCBOE) voted on June 5 to adopt a settlement agreement with PILF client the Voter Integrity Project NC that PILF believes will serve to improve the county’s voter rolls in the years ahead.

In sum, the parties agreed to the following:

“We are sincerely pleased with the resolution of this matter,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “We are pleased that Wake County has agreed to investigate ways to more quickly identify voter record flaws that risk polling place confusion and absentee ballot irregularities alike. The public should expect verifiable improvements to the local voter registration system in the years ahead. Other counties in North Carolina should take note that requests for public information and obligations to maintain clean rolls must be met.  In the future, election officials across North Carolina should take seriously their obligation to comply with all provisions in the National Voter Registration Act.”

In February 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt ruled in favor of plaintiff VIP-NC on a case dismissal discussion, finding that the methodology used to determine voter roll bloat was “reasonable”:

Considering VIP-NC’s allegation that the number of registered voters in Wake County has exceeded, and continues to exceed, the number of eligible voters, which allegation is in turn supported by reliable data and WBOE’s failure to use available jury excuse information, a reasonable inference can be drawn that WCBOE is not making a reasonable effort to conduct a voter list maintenance program in accordance with the NVRA.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of VIP-NC in July 2016 after the organization demonstrated how Wake County’s voter registration list surpassed the total number of eligible voting-age citizens, according to the U.S. Census.

PILF’s client, the Voter Integrity Project, sent public information requests and notice of violation letters to multiple North Carolina counties. This settlement affects only Wake County.

A copy of the settlement agreement, signed by W. Ellis Boyle, Chair of the Wake County Board of Elections, on June 15, 2017 has been made available, here.

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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Capital News Service Botches Fact Check on Virginia Alien Voting Report

Over the past month, a number of respected news outlets around Virginia republished a report by the Capital News Service, most recently The Tidewater News, casting doubt on recent research indicating that thousands of registered voters in the commonwealth were removed from the rolls for reasons related to noncitizenship. The CNS report leads readers to believe that the Public Interest Legal Foundation’s (PILF) 2016 study should not be wholly trusted since a secondary review which “attempted to replicate” the original methodology yielded substantially smaller returns. A number of fatal flaws are presented in this student fact check would be evident if the Virginia Commonwealth University program performed thorough journalism.

CNS suppressed 80 percent of the sample size. The most glaring reporting failure in the article notes how the journalism students approached officials and “asked for the names of individuals who were taken off the voter registration rolls since 2015 after it was determined that they were not citizens.” Though this seems innocuous for someone not having read the underlying report prior, a quick scan reveals that PILF actually pored over removal records dated 2011 through 2015. CNS’ claimed replication effort yielded 240 noncitizens compared to PILF’s 1,046 in a handful of locales. The discrepancy is easily seen in practice, given that the students suppressed roughly 80 percent of the data in question. At no point in their report do they claim the discrepancy exists due to record availability, grossly mischaracterizing PILF’s original methodology.

CNS misidentifies the legal mechanisms used by PILF to access noncitizen voter data. Though one would normally chalk “freedom of information act” to be a generalized term, the students again commit a factual error to digital ink by claiming the original findings sourced data thanks to the “the state’s Freedom of Information Act.” On the contrary, the PILF report makes repeated reference to using the National Voter Registration Act’s public disclosure rights, which is essentially a voting record FOIA mechanism on steroids. The Commonwealth’s open records laws, by contrast, are quite restrictive and might even indicate that CNS was unable to dislodge all data available for the single year 2015.

CNS utilized overtly partisan data sources to discount publicly available records. Co-authors Mary Lee Clark and Tyler Hammel make the dubious claim that the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibits journalists from accessing voter history files sold to the public. Though one can understand that a journalism department may not have the funds necessary to comply with Virginia’s comparatively steep pricing structure, claiming a lack of access to excuse the sole use of a Democrat Party vendor calls into question the sourcing ethics grasped by the students.

CNS’ suppression of data discounts its fact check on the prevalence of illegal votes. Student reporters claim that “CNS research did not corroborate the contention in the ‘Alien Invasion’ report that ‘nearly 200 verified ballots’ were cast by noncitizens.” Here again, this counterclaim is based on the omission of 80 percent of the available sample.

Shortly after CNS released its counter report to Virginia press, the Public Interest Legal Foundation released a sequel report, exponentially increasing upon prior findings. To date, PILF found that more than 5,500 registered voters were removed from Virginia rolls between 2011 and mid-2017. Of those registered, one-third cast at least one ballot, yielding a total of 7,474 potentially felonious votes.

Researching voter registration and election systems are not always the most efficient and straightforward–even for the professionals. It required more than a year, three federal lawsuits, and seemingly endless negotiation to dislodge records indicating more than 5,500 noncitizen voters in Virginia. None of that excuses, however, CNS’ apparent failure to check the PILF report’s appendix first before trying to play fact checker.

Public Interest Legal Offers Voter Registration ‘Best Practices’ Guide for Election Officials

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN.) – June 21, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today announced the publication of Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration, a report dedicated to offering state and local governments expert guidance on cutting-edge strategies and techniques in maintaining voter rolls for an increasingly mobile electorate.

PILF relied upon experts in election administration and previous experience in state and federal election oversight to collaborate in composing the report.

“This report is our attempt to disseminate lessons learned in voter roll maintenance, encouraging state and local officials to re-assess their current procedures where needed,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Too many take for granted the idea that all jurisdictions’ voter records are properly and uniformly cared for. This broad-scoped study will encourage improvement nationwide.”

Best Practices argues that in the quarter century since President Bill Clinton signed his first law, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), “chronic inaccuracy and [a] lack of integrity in the voter rolls” has become the “most significant problem facing America’s electoral process.” The authors highlight how fossilized federal standards locked administrators into a system of voter roll maintenance via First Class Mail—giving little allowance for adoption of contemporary technologies. Worse, the core mechanics of NVRA, commonly known as “Motor Voter”, did not overtly anticipate the ever-increasing access of legally and illegally-present aliens to social service transactions where voter registration could improperly occur.

The authors offer the following general reforms, outlined in greater detail in the report:

The Best Practices report follows President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. PILF intends to contribute to the body’s future studies by offering these findings and suggestions in the near future.

“Voter registration reform is the next big debate in our elections,” Adams added. “Current law and procedures do not adequately reflect our increasingly mobile society. Congress did not anticipate in the 1990s that states like California and Maryland would offer Motor Voter transactions to illegally present noncitizens. ‘Best Practices’ helps local officials strike a balance between integrity and access with an eye always toward innovation.”

The primary authors for Best Practices are:

You can access Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration, here.

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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Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration

Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration offers state and local governments expert guidance on cutting-edge strategies and techniques in maintaining voter rolls for an increasingly mobile electorate.

PILF relied upon experts in election administration and previous experience in state and federal election oversight to collaborate in composing the report, outlining the following:

You can access Best Practices for Achieving Integrity in Voter Registration, here.

The PILF press release announcing the report is here.

J. Christian Adams Reacts to Comey Hearing on Fox News

PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams joined Fox & Friends Friday morning to react to the much-hyped James Comey hearing.

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