True The Vote Wins Access to Election Records — Election Audit to Begin Immediately

By:  Kurt Hyde
True The Vote Wins Access to Election Records — Election Audit to Begin Immediately

True the Vote announced a settlement whereby the St. Lucie County, Florida, supervisor of elections will make available all records of this past November’s election in Florida’s 18th congressional district.

The agreement provides True the Vote access to all ballots, registrations, and other election related data necessary to conduct an audit of that election.

According to True the Vote, 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.

Access to be granted to True the Vote volunteers will include such records as:

  • 2012 voter activity documents (whether or not they voted);
  • Completed voter registration forms;
  • Copies of all regular and provisional ballots;
  • Documents pertaining to federal list maintenance requirements since 2009 including felon and non-citizen records;
  • All documentation for people trained as poll and tabulation workers for the 2012 election in the 18th congressional district.

According to Catherine Englebrecht, founder and president of True the Vote, the audit will begin as soon as the records are made available to the volunteer workers. Englebrecht added that True the Vote has had no problems recruiting volunteers for this audit. She added, “Since the initial announcement of the lawsuit, we’ve had a small army of volunteers come forward from across the country, offering to help do whatever they can.”

While many election integrity advocates are happy with this settlement, this case points out some shortcomings in resolving disputed elections in America:

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