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

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

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

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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J. Christian Adams’ Statement on Voter ID Ruling

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – April 10, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today responded to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas’ latest ruling on the photo voter identification law.

“As this case predictably advances through the appellate process, it will not be lost on the justices to come if Texas institutes its waiver program to assist voters without proper ID and finally conclude this left-wing misadventure,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

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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Attorneys Urge Sessions to Clean Up Civil Rights Division

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – March 28, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a copy of a letter it co-signed that offers guidance on how Attorney General Jeff Sessions should evaluate candidates for the next Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

The letter, co-signed by 25 civil rights attorneys, organization leaders, authors, and a sitting Secretary of State asserts that the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department has strayed from its traditional role and was leveraged as a political tool for too long.

“During the Obama administration, the Division served purely ideological ends with rigidity unmatched in other federal offices. Entrenched federal bureaucrats jettisoned precepts like equal enforcement in favor of political and racialized dogmas,” the letter argues.

The leaders also note that the DOJ needs to focus on new fronts in civil rights, rather than reliving the past century.

“Together, we have witnessed longstanding conventions held from the mid-20th century prove outmoded in recent years and discovered new fronts in need of protection where civil rights are concerned—with particular respect to voting. Discrimination, dilution, and poor processes will always be constants, yet the victims can vary in our contemporary era,” the letter adds.

The authors leveled three primary challenges to new incoming Justice Department leadership:

PILF President J. Christian Adams underscored the gravity of the staffing pick.

“The most important position General Sessions will fill in the DOJ is the AAG for Civil Rights,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “For years, a radicalized Civil Rights Division heavy-handedly advanced leftists causes with respect to voting, law enforcement, immigration, and others while constitutional Rule of Law was considered a nuisance. General Sessions has an opportunity to begin the course correction necessary to protect all Americans from civil rights abuses.”

The letter concludes with an understanding that “the road to reform will be a rough one requiring time and perseverance.” Advancing the status quo is not an option with respect to civil rights, the authors urge.

A copy of the letter can be accessed 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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Letter to AG Sessions on Civil Rights Division by Public Interest Legal Foundation on Scribd

Statement in Support of Trump’s Decision Ending Texas Voter ID Opposition

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – February 27, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today celebrated the Trump Administration’s decision to end the federal government’s opposition to Texas’ photo voter identification law.

“Texans are one step closer to having a common-sense voter protection that has been demanded for years,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Since the Obama Administration’s initial filing, the federal government’s position has only grown weaker. The Texas Legislature is on its way to implementing the adjustments called for by the 5th Circuit to help voters in need, while the doomsday scenarios pitched by voter ID foes have proven to be a farce. We are seeing early reminders of what a Justice Department looks like when it drops the ideological pet projects and follows the law.”

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 Commends Ohio for Pursuing Noncitizen Voting Cases

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – February 27, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today offered its support for the Ohio Secretary of State’s continued investigation into potential noncitizen registration and voting, now subject to prosecution.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s ongoing effort to identify, remove, and refer to law enforcement individuals identified ineligible to vote for reasons related to citizenship now totals 821, with 126 casting ballots before discovery.

“This is a good first step to detect and clean aliens from the rolls,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “This latest finding continues to build the case for legislative reform that requires proof of citizenship as a component to voter registration. We need a system that protects electoral integrity at the point of registration with proof of citizenship, not years down the road with a chance discovery.”

The State of Ohio compared attestations of U.S. citizenship on voter registration forms to Bureau of Motor Vehicle data. The State noted in its announcement that more cases are likely left undiscovered due to a “lack of access to more real-time data maintained by the federal government.”

These findings echo similar work done by PILF to better quantify reported noncitizen voters in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The organization’s 2016 report found more than 1,000 registered aliens removed from voter rolls with roughly 20 percent casting ballots before discovery. The Public Interest Legal Foundation will update its report with additional findings 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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Public Interest Legal Backs Texas Voter ID Upgrade

(ALEXANDRIA, VA.) – February 21, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today backed a bill to improve Texas’ photo voter identification law.

Senate Bill 5, authored by Senator Joan Huffman (R-Harris County), would make permanent the voter ID “safety net” allowing voters without proper ID to attest to the reason for their noncompliance and cast a regular ballot thereafter.

“Senate Bill 5 is a necessary step to improve and protect Texas’ voter ID law,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “Making permanent the ‘safety net’ like the bill calls for will help those in genuine need and place strict penalties for those that wish to abuse it.”

Days before the bill was filed, various county election officers told the Associated Press that “hundreds” of voters misused the voter ID affidavit, admitted their refusal to follow existing law. Senate Bill 5 notes that a “false statement” on the form would be a third degree felony.

A copy of SB 5 can be accessed 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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Lawsuit to Clean Wake County, NC Voter Rolls Advances

(RALEIGH, NC.) – February 21, 2017: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) today released a statement applauding the court’s decision to proceed with its client’s case against the Wake County Board of Elections to clean voter rolls (Voter Integrity Project NC v. Wake County BOE).

Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Voter Integrity Project NC, denying motions to dismiss its case brought against the Wake County Board of Elections over allegations that voter rolls were not being properly maintained and disclosed on February 21.

“This is a welcome, but expected development in the case to clean Wake County’s voter rolls,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. “No county should have more registered voters than eligible residents, especially to the tune of 105 percent registration. Wake County is leaving multiple tools on the table to better serve its voters – now even the court is beginning to show signs of agreement. PILF will continue to press for close examination of apparent breakdowns in maintenance procedures and transparency guidelines.”

Below is a summary of observations made by Judge Britt in his decision to deny dismissal of the case.

VIP-NC’s methodology for determining whether Wake County’s voter rolls had become bloated in violation of federal law is ‘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.”

Wake County cannot shift maintenance burdens to the State.

The court rejected the argument that legal action with respect to maintenance can only be directed at states, a key element of the defendants’ position to dismiss the suit.

A copy of the ruling, entered on February 21, 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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DOc. 37 – Order Denying MTD by Public Interest Legal Foundation on Scribd

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