“Ignoring Trump and Right-Wing Think Tanks, Red States Expand Vote by Mail”

…al Service would be a catastrophe,” wrote J. Christian Adams, president of PILF, a conservative organization that has long complained about voter fraud. His missive contended, with scant evidence, that “twice as many” mailed ballots “disappeared” in the 2016 presidential election than made up the margin of votes between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The state worker forwarded the message to his supervisor, who ignored it, according to emails o…

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“A Conservative Legal Group Significantly Miscalculated Data in a Report on Mail-In Voting; President Trump touted a new report on voter fraud, but ProPublica found a critical error with the data. Even with the correction, experts say the report is misleading.”

…mber of undeliverable mail ballots dropped slightly from 2016 to 2018. The PILF report said that one in five mail ballots issued between 2012 and 2018, a total of 28.3 million, were not returned by voters and were “missing,” which, according to the organization, creates an opportunity for fraud. In a May 1 tweet that included a link to coverage of the report, President Donald Trump wrote: “Don’t allow RIGGED ELECTIONS.” PILF regularly sues state a…

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After Maine SOS Dunlap Successfully Sued Pence-Kobach Fraud Commission, PILF (Led by Commission Member Christian Adams) Sues Dunlap [Corrected Link]

…You can find the press release here. [Corrected link.] It appears that it links to some audio (without attribution) to my Slate “Election Meltdown” interview with Secretary Dunlap about the work of the Fraudulent Fraud Squad. Glad they are listening!…

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“How The Trump Admin’s Attempt To Perpetuate The Voter Fraud Myth Failed Miserably”

…er the commission closed. In an email exchange with von Spakovsky and some PILF employees at the time of the commission’s founding, Adams commented on my earlier criticism of their work perpetuating the voter fraud myth: “Rick Hasen is a raw enemy activist… He is the central organizing location of our foes. He is going to get very ugly toward me and Hans when/if we are nominated by the President to the Voter Fraud Commission.” Logan Churchwell, th…

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PILF Sues Detroit Over Voter List Maintenance

Detroit Free Press: A public interest group has sued the city of Detroit in federal court, claiming it has thousands of dead people on its voter lists and even more duplicate names of registered voters — problems the group fears could lead to voter fraud in the upcoming presidential election. The lawsuit, however, does not claim that someone living ever actually tried to vote as a deceased voter in Detroit. Nor does it allege that any voter frau…

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“Ex-Trump Voter Fraud Commissioner Settles Lawsuit Over ‘Alien Invasion’ Reports”

…day from the groups that brought the suit. According to the press release, PILF will also have to add a statement in front of the reports that says, “PILF recognizes that individuals in [the removed exhibits] were in fact citizens and that these citizens did not commit felonies. PILF profoundly regrets any characterization of those registrants as felons or instances of registration or voting as felonies.”… As I asked on Twitter: https://twit…

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LULAC v. PILF settle two different lawsuits

…Well, one lawsuit, really, over publishing identifying information of individuals incorrectly accused of committing voter fraud.  But you’d never know it was the same suit from reading the press releases.  Plaintiffs here, defendants here. (Disclosure: I helped one of the plaintiffs in the case find counsel, had occasional discussions with counsel in the case, and was treated to a deposition.)…

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Don Palmer, Now on the EAC, Assisted Christian Adams and PILF with “Alien Invasion” Report, Currently the Subject of Defamation/Voter Intimidation Suit

…lmer the “availability” of so-called “noncitizen cancellation records” for PILF to obtain from elections officials. Adams later sent Palmer a draft of the report, which Palmer commented on with edits, according to the deposition. Adams got combative, however, when he was asked whether he relied on Palmer’s assessment in deciding to label the individuals identified in the reports as noncitizens. Since the reports were released, elections exper…

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“Thousands at risk from rightwing push to purge eligible voters from US rolls”

…nd in some cases even home phone numbers – posted in the appendices of the Pilf reports. “I thought if my name is on the list, and I’m a US citizen, how many others were wrongly accused of being illegal ‘alien’ voters?” Alien Invasion is one of the more startling examples of a growing rightwing push to pressurize election officials across the country to purge large numbers of people from the registered voter rolls. With the midterm elections rapid…

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“Ex-Trump Voter Fraud Commissioner Defends Misleading Reports In Court”

…ation and voter intimation by four voters, all citizens, who were named in PILF’s reports that listed alleged non-citizen illegal registrants. Attorneys for Adams and PILF argued that the reports were not targeting the defendants but rather the government officials who Adams claims are not enforcing voter fraud laws. The plaintiffs argued that the report amounted to character assassination of those falsely alleged to be non-citizens. If anyone’s c…

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“Civil Rights Groups Launch National Effort to Combat Alarming Voter Purge Attempt”

…lfilling its obligation to maintain accurate voter registration databases. PILF has threatened litigation if their proposed measures are not taken. PILF’S letter is part of a larger concerted effort to remove voters from registration lists and further its false and baseless claim that there is widespread voter fraud across the country. The three civil rights organizations sent a letter and accompanying memo to the jurisdictions targeted by PILF. T…

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Comparing registered voters and CVAP

…validly registered there even if they’re counted elsewhere by the Census. PILF recently issued another in a series of letters claiming mismanagement of 248 counties’ voter rolls based on comparisons like this; the claims have drawn extra attention recently because the organization’s President and General Counsel is also a member of Sec. Kobach’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Yesterday, Politifact bestowed a “false” rating on a PILF c…

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News Analysis Cannot Replicate PILF “Alien Invasion” Study Finding “Massive” Noncitizen Voting in VA

Capital News Service: Last fall, a pair of groups supported by conservatives released a report with the sensational title “Alien Invasion in Virginia: The discovery and coverup of noncitizen registration and voting.” It said illegal voting is a “massive problem”:… In recent weeks, Capital News Service attempted to replicate the study’s methods and found that some noncitizens have indeed voted in Virginia, though not on a massive scale. Usin…

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von Spakovsky, Christian Adams to Be Offering Advice, Reports to President’s “Election Integrity” Commission

…Release: 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. Donald Palmer is also involved. UPDATE: https://twitter.com/srl/status/877589682485305344  …

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“Does America Really Have a Problem with Ghost Voters?”

…es that the counties are violating a section of 1993’s National Voter Registration Act, which requires local officials to make reasonable efforts to remove dead or ineligible voters from their rolls. All this hue and cry is a little shrill, and it’s unlikely that PILF’s legal haranguing will actually come to anything. But the problem the group points out is real, and widespread. And while these ghost voters may not pose the exist…

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