Skip to comments.True The Vote Wins in Settlement with St. Lucie County, Florida Elections Supervisor
Posted on 05/07/2013 5:02:36 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Access to all ballots and registration information has been granted to True the Vote for citizen-led audit of the 2012 contest for Florida's 18th Congressional District
HOUSTON, TX. May 7, 2013 - True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters' rights organization, today announced its settlement with the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections regarding records inspection rights under federal law and the Florida Constitution. The agreement provides True the Vote access to all ballots, registrations, and other election related data necessary to conduct an audit of a federal election in Florida's 18th congressional district. The audit is unprecedented in that it will be led not by government entities or political parties, but by concerned citizens.
"True the Vote can now begin reconstruction and review of the 18th Congressional District election race between Colonel Allen West and Patrick Murphy," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. "We must stop this scandalous cycle of ignoring failures in our electoral process when the campaigns and cameras go home. Understanding how failures in administration can effect elections, as we saw in St. Lucie County, will help prevent them from occurring in the future. We cannot allow slipshod standards to become pandemic across our country's election processes - citizens can and will stand up in defense of election integrity."
"This settlement grants True the Vote all of the records we originally requested, without any adverse impacts to St. Lucie County taxpayers. The real work toward understanding exactly what happened before, during and after the 2012 18th Congressional District race can finally begin."
A key component to the settlement agreement was to permit access to information dating back to January of 2009. Such information will help evaluate efforts to maintain voter rolls, both before and after federal election cycles.
"Since 2009 to present, Washington has made clear that it doesn't have any interest in seeing that voter rolls are maintained - we must fully study how that can affect a close congressional race," True the Vote attorney J. Christian Adams said. "This case is unique because it was directly impacted by the Holder Justice Department's attempt to block the State of Florida's efforts to remove ineligible persons from the voter rolls ahead of the 2012 General Election. This settlement will lead my client to answers, finally."
The agreement between True the Vote and St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker allows for sharing of records that pertain directly to the 2012 contest, in addition to election administration files dating back to January 2009. An abbreviated list of records includes:
The settlement came as a result of a lawsuit after requests to inspect election records were not immediately addressed (True the Vote, Inc. v. Gertrude Walker in her official capacity as St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, Civil Action (No 2:13cv14046.)). TTV chose to perform a comprehensive audit of the 2012 election and subsequent recount between incumbent Allen West and Patrick Murphy after reports of errors and inaccurate tabulations were admitted to.
True the Vote originally filed its complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Fort Pierce Division.
True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.
Voto Honesto (TTV) es una organización sin fines de lucro, no partidaria, enfocada en preservar la integridad en las elecciones y operada por ciudadanos para ciudadanos, ara inspirar y equipar a voluntarios para envolverse en cada una de las etapas del proceso electoral. TTT capacita a organizaciones e individuos a través de la nación para activamente proteger los derechos de los votantes legítimos, sin importar a que partido político perteneces. Para más información, por favor visite www.votohonesto.org.
This is a good effort and very much needed. We hem and haw until election years and then bellyache about fraud. True the Vote gets huge kudos for their diligence in this fight. I hope they find all they need to clean house in these precincts. It’s bad enough losing elections to low-infos and American Idol candidates without the voter fraud adding to it.
TrueTheVote is a worthy cause.. Kind of like Judicial Watch, but for elections. Donate!
I joined, but they have nothing available in rural areas. If I wanted to help out in Atlanta, I’d be okay, but I’m on the GA/FL border...a stone’s throw from it, really! So, I’m not able to help out in Atlanta.
I joined, but they have nothing available in rural areas. If I wanted to help out in Atlanta, I’d be okay, but I’m on the GA/FL border...a stone’s throw from it, really! So, I’m not able to help out in Atlanta. But, they do good work, anyway! Soooooo glad they won this battle! God bless them and I pray that they are able to show how bad the fraud was.
I would not be surprised if, during all this time, the Dems have been busy obliterating whatever evidence there might be that would show voter fraud.
Good point, but I’m thinking that:
1. they aren’t that smart and didn’t think this would ever happen
2. if they did manipulate anything, anyone with any type of forensic experience will be able to tell. That leads right back to #1.