J. Christian Adams Appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – August 11, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released a statement today acknowledging President Donald J. Trump’s appointment of J. Christian Adams to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

PILF President J. Christian Adams:

“I am humbled by President Trump appointing me to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The Commission has a long, noble history of serving as a defender of civil rights – from ending Jim Crow to ensuring that the promises of the Civil War amendments are fulfilled. This nation endured a ferocious upheaval to enact the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. All of the sunk wealth and calamity of a civil war were a high price indeed for these three amendments. We owe it to the generation that made them possible to fulfill the aims of these amendments. But we also owe the generations before that one, the ones that secured the blessings of liberty and domestic tranquility – the rights to worship, to speak freely without fear of violence, and the right to pursue a living – to preserve those rights. 

“This hard year has refocused many Americans on basic civil rights we had long taken for granted. The right to assemble and worship, the right to be free from excessive force, the right of self-defense, and the right to pursue the American Dream no matter if you live in Fairfax, Virginia, coal country Pennsylvania, or the south side of Chicago.

“I have a demonstrated history of defending the civil rights of Americans regardless of skin color. I have brought and won civil rights cases that others would not – from Guam, to Mississippi, to defending the integrity of our elections. Everyone is entitled to civil rights and too many for too long have had a too narrow view of that question. I hope to use my time on the Commission to reinvigorate a broader understanding of what our great Constitution has promised is a civil right. Every American should be free to pursue their dreams. In 2020, we see how those rights can be threatened in ways we did not imagine just a decade ago. From free speech, to the right to run a business in Minneapolis, from the right to gather in church, to the right to support candidates for office free from fear, 2020 has presented new challenges and therefore new obligations on those who defend civil rights.”

Civil Rights Litigation and Background

  • Served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section from 2005 to 2010. 
  • Received the Department’s Special Commendation for Outstanding Service on October 23, 2008 for work on voting rights cases. 
  • At DOJ, litigated case against Georgetown County, South Carolina, School Board for violations of the Voting Rights Act in county with 38% black population and no representation on school board elected at-large. Case successfully resulted in creation of at least two majority minority districts. Black candidates who could not win a seat on the school board now hold seats.
  • Also at DOJ, litigated case against Town of Lake Park, extending protections of Voting Rights Act to small towns. Lake Park had black population in excess of 40% and at large town council election that resulted in minority candidates losing every election. 
  • Also at DOJ, successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority.
  • Other cases at the Department of Justice:

United States v. Ike Brown, 494 F.Supp.2d 440 (S.D. Miss. 2007).

United States v. Ike Brown, 561 F.3d 420 (5th Cir. 2009)(work on successful appeal of USDC).

United States v. Georgetown County School District, et al, (D.S.C., Case No: 2:08-889).

United States v. Town of Lake Park (S.D.Fl., Case No. 9-80505).

United States v. Alabama, et al. (M.D. Ala., Case No. 2:08-920).

United States v. Vermont, et al., (D. Vermont, Case No.:2:08-217)

United States v. Post Independent School District, (N.D. Tex, Case No.: 5:07-146)(Spanish)

United States v. City of Segraves ISD, (N.D. Tex., Case No.: 5:07-147)(Spanish)

United States v. Smyer ISD, (N.D. Tex., Case No.: 5:07-148)(Spanish)

United States v. City of Earth, (N.D. Tex., Case No.: 5:07-144)(Spanish)

United States v. Littlefield ISD, (N.D. Tex., Case No.: 5:07-145)(Spanish).

United States v. New Black Panther Party (E.D.Pa. 2009)

Bartlett v. Strickland, 556 U.S. 1 (2009)

  • He brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
  • When none of the “traditional” civil rights groups would take his case, represented United States Air Force Major (Ret.) Arnold “Dave” Davis who was not allowed to register to vote in a Guam election because he did not have the right ancestry. (Davis v. Guam). Guam enacted a status plebiscite that limited the vote to “native inhabitants” or their blood relatives. Adams took the case pro bono when none of the civil rights groups cared to help him. After multiple trips to Guam, the case was filed. After losing on a motion to dismiss for lack of ripeness in the United States District Court of Guam, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Davis, holding that the law violated the protections of the right to vote free from racial discrimination in the 15th Amendment, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed. (Davis v. Guam 932 F.3d 822 (9th Cir. 2019). The United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in 2020, ending a decade long case that Adams undertook in 2010.
  • Brought cases under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to clean voter rolls against multiple states and counties including Indiana, Ohio, counties in Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan. 
  • Represented four presidential campaigns in ballot access litigation in Virginia in 2012.
  • Appointed to Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in 2017.
  • He is the author of a New York Times bestseller about civil rights and civil rights enforcement, Injustice (Regnery, 2011).
  • Was General Counsel to the South Carolina, Secretary of State.
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D. 1993.  West Virginia University, B.A., 1990.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.

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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Report: 223K Clark County NV Mail Ballots Went to Wrong Addresses in 2020 Primary

17% of County Voter Roll Exhibits Wrong Addresses

(LAS VEGAS, NV.) – August 5, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a research brief detailing mail balloting return figures for Clark County, Nevada, during the June 2020 Primary.

Almost 1 in 5 ballots were returned undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, according to Clark County figures released to the Foundation this week. A stunning 42 percent of undelivered mail was addressed to “active” registrants.

These numbers show how vote by mail fails. New proponents of mail balloting don’t often understand how it actually works,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “States like Oregon and Washington spent many years building their mail voting systems and are notably aggressive with voter list maintenance efforts. Pride in their own systems does not somehow transfer across state lines. Nevada, New York, and others are not and will not be ready for November.

Undeliverable Addresses by Status
Active93,58542%
Inactive129,88458%
TOTAL223,469100%

Access the full research brief, here.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.

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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New Report: Florida’s Voter Rolls Portend Disaster for Mail-In Voting

Analysis Discovers Battleground State’s Widespread Deficiencies from Files Ripe with Deceased Registrants to Non-residential Addresses & Cases of Double Registration

TAMPA — As America’s most prized presidential battleground state and a focal point for increased voter turnout, Florida is ill-prepared for mail-in voting according to a new scathing report published The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF). Unveiled today, the analysis found that Florida’s flawed voter rolls include widespread deceased and duplicate registrants, potential for double voting, and registrants with non-residential addresses.

“Florida’s concerning registered voter lists paired with the expected surge in vote-by-mail this fall is like watching a high-speed train collision occur in slow motion,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “As a must win state for both political parties, Florida’s history with election integrity, ballot counting and voter rolls makes it particularly vulnerable to potential errors and fraud as we near Election Day. Our report’s findings will hopefully spur action by election supervisors and officials across the state to protect the integrity of the coming elections.”

Due to potential health risks posed by COVID-19, many Americans are expected to forgo their local polling precincts and choose mail-in-voting this fall to cast their ballots. The Florida report is part of a larger PILF project that collected and standardized 42 states’ voter data and marks the first of several state reports to be published in the coming weeks. 

Key findings from “Is Florida Ready for the 2020 Elections” report include:

  • Deceased registrants — South Florida dominates in terms of deceased registrants remaining on the voter rolls, with Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade among the top counties. As of October 2019:
    • Palm Beach: 3,656 deceased voters on list and 139 votes cast by deceased voters. 
    • Broward: 3,339 deceased voters on list and 10 votes cast by deceased voters. 
    • Miami-Dade: 2,323 deceased voters on list and 45 votes cast by deceased voters. 
    • Hillsborough: 1,121 deceased voters on list and nine votes cast by deceased voters.
    • Orange: 1,000 deceased voters on list and nine votes cast by deceased voters. 
  • Non-residential addresses –Nationally, during the 2018 General Election, 35,800 ballots were cast in 41 states, including Florida, from non-residential addresses. Florida was among the top ten states with 1,267 registrants on the voter roll who were later determined to either not have a residence anywhere in the state, or who were simply made up.
  • Double voting – 1,836 Floridians’ records indicate that they voted twice in a national election with a second vote being cast in a different state.

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 Sues Illinois for Failing to Disclose Registered Voter Data

Prevents Audit for Deceased, Duplicate, Corrupted Voter Records

(SPRINGFIELD, IL.) – July 28, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a lawsuit today against the Illinois State Board of Elections for failing to disclose voter registration records under federal law (Public Interest Legal Foundation v. Sandvoss et. al).

Federal law requires transparency in election records,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Just because someone isn’t engaging in partisan electioneering should not prevent them from ensuring that Illinois’ voter rolls are in order. Illinois’ records must be made available to the public, not just politicians.

The complaint, filed July 27, explains the Foundation initially requested access to Illinois’ federally required statewide voter file and voting histories on October 16, 2019. On February 21 and after a failed inspection of records, the Foundation provided notice that litigation would commence if voter registration data was not provided as required under federal law.

The Foundation seeks relief under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires officials to make voter list maintenance documents like the voter roll itself available for inspection to the general public. The law also offers a private right to file a lawsuit if denied.

Other federal courts which have confronted the issue have sided in favor of disclosure of public records.

The Foundation is pursuing litigation against Maine and Maryland for similar inspection rights violations. Delaware and Massachusetts opened access to their respective registration records pursuant to PILF’s federal inspection requests.

The Foundation accesses public voter registration database extracts to perform audits for deceased, duplicated, and otherwise outdated/corrupted records. Findings can result in federal list maintenance lawsuits to correct flagged registrant files. Lawsuits against Detroit and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, recently wrapped along those lines.

The Foundation has also shared data via court briefs involving changes to mail ballot rules and procedures that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic across 11 cases in California, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The new case was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The case number is 3:20-cv-03190. The attorney for the Public Interest Legal Foundation is Sue Becker. Chicago-based Christine Svenson serves as local counsel.

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 Leads in Defending Mail Voting Protections amid Pandemic

PILF COVID Briefs Go to 11, Amplify Concerns of Dirty Voter Rolls

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN.) – July 20, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today filed its eleventh amicus brief to protect the integrity of the 2020 election in the face of an onslaught by Democrat and leftist organizations to nullify state laws. The Foundation filed briefs in federal court in Georgia and the Connecticut Supreme Court. In both, the Foundation provided real data regarding vulnerabilities in the election system in each state that would be made worse if the Georgia plaintiffs succeed and if the Connecticut Governor’s edict to move toward a mail election that suspended Connecticut law remains in force.

With these briefs filed today, PILF is the most active and targeted champion of election integrity fighting those who would nullify state election laws during a crisis.

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“We have facts that show mail elections without safeguards are vulnerable to fraud,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “We are making sure courts are aware of these vulnerabilities. In 11 different cases, we have fought on the side of election integrity with real data and actionable analysis of these problems. Duplicate registrants, dead registrants, and people registered and voting in multiple states are made worse by a mail voting system that cancels integrity procedures. Witness requirements, election day deadlines, and automatic mail ballots are just some of the changes our briefs oppose.”

Adams also extends his thanks to supporters for making these eleven court appearances possible:

“Our zealous defense of election integrity would not be possible without the support of those who care. Our extraordinary level of targeted action is only possible because Americans care about clean elections.”

The Foundation found one person in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, simultaneously registered to vote seven different times in a lawsuit the Foundation brought against Allegheny County (PA). His story and thousands more led election officials to correct problems after the lawsuit was filed and settled. A similar lawsuit against the City of Detroit ended after evidence of subsequent voter roll cleanup actions surfaced during discovery. The eleven other cases where PILF has filed briefs are:

CA: Issa v. Newsom, No. 2:20-cv-01044 (E.D.Cal.)

CA: RNC v. Newsom, No. 2:20-cv-01055 (E.D. Cal.)

CT: Fay, et al. v. Merrill, No. SC 20477 (Conn. Sup. Ct.)

GA: The New Georgia Project v. Raffensperger, No. 1:20-cv-01986(N.D. Ga.)

NC: Democracy N.C. v. N.C. State Bd. of Elections, No. 1:20-cv-00457 (M.D.N.C.)

NM: New Mexico ex rel. Riddle v. Oliver, No. S-1-SC-38228 (N.M. Sup. Ct.)

TN: Fisher v. Hargett, No. M2020-00831 (Tenn. Sup. Ct.)

TX: Tex. Democratic Party v. Abbott, No. 5:20-cv-00438 (W.D. Tex.)

TX: Tex. Democratic Party v. Abbott, No. 20-50407 (5th Cir.)

VA: LWV Va. v. Va. State Bd. of ElectionsNo. 6:20-cv-00024 (W.D. Va.)

WI: Zignego v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, No. 2019AP2397 and 2020AP112 (Wis. Sup. Ct.)

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.

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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Detroit Voter Roll Cleanup Lawsuit Ends

Cleanup of Lists Underway

(DETROIT, MI.) – June 30, 2020: The federal lawsuit to enforce targeted voter roll maintenance actions formally resolved today because the Defendants in Detroit and the Michigan Secretary of State acted on data provided to them by the Public Interest Legal Foundation. (Public Interest Legal Foundation v. Detroit).

The Public Interest Legal Foundation had found thousands of dead registered voters as well as duplicates and voter records with missing information. PILF’s briefs, filed this week, note in part:

“[D]iscovery responses now enable the Plaintiff to ascertain that remedial actions were taken after filing the lawsuit. Defendants have taken action on the list of likely deceased registrants provided by the Plaintiff. Further, almost all of the duplicate registrations that Plaintiff brought to Defendants’ attention have been corrected.”

The filing further notes that data to determine the progress made was not available for review until June 25, 2020.

“This is another win for election integrity,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “This case wasn’t complicated. The City of Detroit could have started to fix these problems before litigation, but didn’t. Other jurisdictions should take note- if you don’t act on solid data that your voter rolls are corrupted with dead and duplicate registrations, you will be sued. It is also a message to left wing groups who sought to stop the cleanups. They need to stop standing in the way of clean elections and stop wasting court time with their anti-integrity agenda. Election officials can get rolls clean without removing valid registrants. It’s time groups like the League of Woman voters realized that data-driven list maintenance is something most Americans want.

Initial Detroit Voter Roll Problem Areas

–Voter Registration Rate per 2016 Citizen Voting-Age Population: 106%

— # of Dead Registrants Aged 85+: 2,503

— # of Registrations flagged for duplicate, triplicate concerns: 4,788

— # of Registrations Missing Actual Dates of Registration: 16,465

The initial complaint filed on December 10 explained the Foundation studied the City’s voter list maintenance efforts since 2017 by a variety of means. PILF originally acquired the statewide qualified voter file from the Michigan Secretary of State for the purpose of comparing registration lists against federal death records. The Foundation ultimately sampled all active registrants whose respective ages were 85 years or older, finding more than 2,500 within the age range who were listed in the Social Security Death Index with corresponding death records and/or obituaries.

The Foundation also studied and catalogued examples of single registrants who managed to become registered to vote two and even three times with matching or substantially similar names and other biographical information within the same addresses. PILF flagged a grand total of 4,788 registration files for duplicate and triplicate concerns. Among them, examples of married/maiden name conflicts, simple typographical errors, and conflicting gender designations were trending concerns.

The Foundation also flagged impossibly old and disqualifying young date of birth information held within the voter file. One registrant was stated as being born in “1823,” well before Michigan was annexed into the Union. Another 16,400 registrants were flagged due to the fact that officials did not demonstrate when they actually became registered to vote.

The Foundation sought relief under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which requires officials to make “reasonable efforts” to maintain voter lists and offers a private right to file a lawsuit if standards are not met.

The Foundation is working with election officials around the country on improving election integrity.  Election officials who do not act on validated data regarding errors and duplications may be sued under the National Voter Registration Act.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The case number is 2:19-cv-13638. The attorney for the Public Interest Legal Foundation was Kaylan L. Phillips. Robert L. Avers of DickinsonWright PLLC served as local counsel.

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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Court Brief: Thousands of Dead, Duplicated CA Voter Registrants Could Get Mail Ballots

New Amicus Briefs Outline Widespread Flaws in ‘Active’ California Voter Roll

(SACRAMENTO, CA.) – June 24, 2020: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF)’s amicus briefs filed in two federal lawsuits regarding California’s expanded use of mail ballots in 2020 were accepted by their respective courts this week.

The briefs outline flaws in the California voter registration roll with particular emphasis on deceased registrants and apparently duplicated registrants with overlapping voting histories.

On June 18, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a requirement that mail ballots be transmitted to all “active” registrants for use in the 2020 General Election in November. The Foundation’s briefs describe audit findings within the same “active” portion of California’s voter roll, demonstrating that widespread errors can be exacerbated even if only those registrants are getting auto-mailed ballots.

“California has a history of demonstrating that automation in voting processes will cause errors,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Auto-mailings to active registrants won’t protect the state from sending ballots to dead and duplicated registrants—especially those who’ve shown an acknowledged willingness to take advantage of extra votes.”

California ‘Active’ Voter Roll Audit Quick Facts

— # of Dead Registrants: 23,000

— # of Registrants Who Apparently Voted in Two CA Counties in 2016: 280

— # of Registrants Who Apparently Voted Twice from Same Addresses in 2016, 2018: 1,525

— # of Registrants Duplicated Across State Lines with Apparent Voter Credits in 2018 Election: 2,000

California Mail Voting Problems 2012 – 2018

— # Mail Ballots Sent to Outdated Addresses: 836,500

— # Mail Ballots Listed as “Status Unknown”: 13,877,000

The briefs attach a letter to the California Secretary of State which outline the findings.

The Foundation ultimately sampled all active registrants, finding more than 23,000 listed as dead according to the Social Security Death Index and corresponding published obituaries.

The Foundation also studied and catalogued examples of single registrants who managed to become registered to vote multiple times in California and another state with apparently overlapping voter credits in 2018. The Foundation flagged a sample of 2,000 registration files for interstate duplicate concerns.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is leading the nation in enforcing election integrity laws and the National Voter Registration Act, having brought cases in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, and Maine and filed amicus briefs in litigation across the nation.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation devoted significant resources into developing real data tools that find problems with election administration and works cooperatively with officials to fix findings. PILF currently has active lawsuits in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, and Maine and just recently settled a case in Houston, Texas.

The litigation continues in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The case numbers are 2:20-cv-01044 and 2:20-cv-01055. The attorneys for the Public Interest Legal Foundation are John C. Eastman and Noel Johnson.

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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National Task Force Outlines 2020 Election Security Standards for Voting by Mail

Four Core Measures Will Balance Integrity and Access

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – June 19, 2020: A task force of election integrity attorneys, researchers, and experienced election experts published Standards for Voting by Mail today. The Standards are intended to equip policymakers and election officials with specific standards and protocols for best practices to protect the integrity of the 2020 General Election, with the increasing demands for voting by mail. 

The nation is under-prepared for the 2020 Election if mail ballot demand expectations are accurate,PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Authorities must withstand outside efforts to weaken mail ballot voter protections while using existing powers to safely meet demand. This report and attached best practices seek to inform and prepare officials for an election where mail voting is being demanded through both administrative edict and litigation.”

FOUR KEY PRINCIPLES FOR MAIL VOTING  
– No Automatic Mailing of Ballots
– Safeguard Return of Ballots
– Counting Must Be Secure, Transparent & Expeditious
– Preserve In-Person Voting

Task Force Founders and Members

Members of the task force are acting in their individual capacities and not on behalf of the organizations where they work; the titles are for identification purposes only.

Mr. J. Christian Adams, Esq., President & General Counsel, Public Interest Legal Foundation
Mr. Robert Alt, President & CEO, The Buckeye Institute
Mr. Charles H. Bell, Jr., Esq., Senior Partner, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State (1999-2007)
The Honorable Shawnna LM Bolick, Member of Arizona House of Representatives
Mr. Francisco R. Canseco, Esq., Director, Election Integrity Project, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Mr. William Davis, Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP
The Hon. Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives, Texas Public Policy
Dr. John C. Eastman, Esq., Director, The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
Mr. John Fund, National-Affairs Journalist and Author
Mr. Scott Gessler, Esq., Former Colorado Secretary of State
Mr. Richard P. (Pete) Hutchison, Esq., President, Landmark Legal Foundation
The Honorable Mark Koran, State Senator for Minnesota
Mr. Christopher M. Marston, Partner, Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig
The Honorable John H. Merrill, Alabama Secretary of State
Ms. Cleta Mitchell, Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP, Chairman, Public Interest Legal Foundation
Mr. David A. Norcross, Esq., Former Chairman of Republican National Lawyers Association, and General Counsel Republican National Committee
Ms. Linda Paine, President & Co-Founder, Election Integrity Project California
Mr. Hans von Spakovsky, Esq., Manager, Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

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 5th Circuit Ruling Protecting Texas’ Mail Voting Laws

(NEW ORLEANS, LA) – June 4, 2020: Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released the following statement in celebration of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision regarding Texas’ absentee ballot laws.

“This is a critical win for Texas and a lesson to other states: defending your mail voting systems in the face of lawless demands is worthwhile and just,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Don’t surrender like Virginia or New Mexico did. Mail voting is the most susceptible to fraud, and your laws are designed to prevent disenfranchisement. Fear isn’t a disability. The efforts to suggest otherwise in Texas demonstrate just how far the Left is willing to go to rewrite election laws in the face of the pandemic.

The Foundation’s previous court briefs on the matter may be accessed here. The unanimous ruling may be read here.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is the nation’s most active public interest law firm dedicated to enforcing the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and ensuring the integrity of American elections – bringing more than a dozen cases to enforce voter list maintenance obligations and inspection rights under federal law in federal courts across the nation in addition to serving as amicus in more than a dozen voting law cases. The Foundation also works with election officials and policymakers to improve the integrity of elections.

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 to Congress: National Mail Voting is a Folly

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – June 2, 2020. Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee this coming Wednesday regarding voting rights protections in 2020.

Adams will testify on the topic of “Protecting the Right to Vote During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00am Eastern. This hearing will be accessible via Webex here.

“Vote by mail the wrong way to hold a federal election,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said in advance of the hearing. “We should not put the United States Postal Service in charge of the process of deciding the next President. They lose mail and deliver your neighbors packages to you. Millions of ballots that were sent out in the past never came back as valid votes. Voter rolls are not accurate to support mail voting and a mail system would send ballots to places where valid voters no longer live.”

A copy of Adams’ written testimony and exhibits can be found here. An excerpt:

“The United States is not ready for an emergency national vote-by-mail scenario in 2020—and it won’t be. Putting the election into the hands of the United States Postal Service would be folly, a disaster. Vote by mail would disenfranchise people.  It would move the election from transparent places where observers from both parties can monitor the process for fairness to moving it behind closed doors where the vulnerable and powerless are influenced by third parties.”

The Foundation has built a record of promoting election integrity and transparency in recent years, to include:

  • Successfully settling a lawsuit against Allegheny County, PA to address targeted issues within the local voter registration roll;
  • Settling a lawsuit against Harris County, TX to ensure the release of records related to foreign nationals removed from voter registration rolls;
  • Securing court opinions in Texas and Pennsylvania which make clear that voter list maintenance records involving foreign nationals are subject to public inspection;
  • Submitted briefs in COVID-19 mail voting cases in New Mexico and Virginia, detailing voter roll flaws in each state;
  • Demonstrated with the help of federal survey data how 28 million mail ballots went missing since the 2012 Election;
  • Secured a case settlement for a client against Starr County, TX  and others against Wake County, NC which outlines tailored voter list maintenance actions; and
  • Triggered a law enforcement referral between the Texas Secretary of State and Attorney General regarding potentially unlawful get-out-the-vote efforts targeting foreign nationals residing in that state.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation is the nation’s most active public interest law firm dedicated to enforcing the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) and ensuring the integrity of American elections—bringing more than a dozen cases to enforce voter list maintenance obligations and inspection rights under federal law in federal courts across the nation in addition to serving as amicus in more than a dozen voting law cases. The Foundation also works with election officials and policymakers to improve the integrity of elections.

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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