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Patriot Freedom Alliance

Tea Party of Hutchinson and Surrounding Area

True the Vote 
Remember when the IRS recently thought it was a grand idea to require nonprofits like True The Vote to 
collect your Social Security number if you made a financial contribution? Thanks to our combined effort, the 
IRS changed its mind this week. We were opposed to this rule due to the financial burden we would face in 
trying to protect such sensitive data – never mind the obvious chilling effect on financial support in general. 
'F' is for fraud: Denver Edition
You can’t make this up – a thrice-failed, wannabe local politician’s career was finally ended amid forgery and perjury charges this week after committing flagrant petition fraud in Denver. Pro tip: if you need a few more signatures to meet your minimum for the ballot, don’t have Big Bird sign his name with the address, “Go F***SELF”. While the story of Ms. Corrie Houck’s Democratic bid for the District 2 seat on the Denver City Council seems like it belongs in the annals of The Onion, there is a real lesson here as we approach the 2016 elections. Denver’s local law enforcement may be claiming a win in being able to demonstrate “there is a process to watch for violations” – but if Houck hadn’t been caught, they should all have been fired. Bear in mind, blatant violations like this one stand a good chance of being found by authorities. It’s the more careful plots that we need to concern ourselves with. Use 2016 as an opportunity to WORK WITH local election officials to root out wrongdoing.  
Legislation on the move - Arizona
Absentee Voting bill HB 2016 was filed. This bill permits election officials to mail early voting ballots no earlier than 21 days before an election. Currently, such ballots are issued 27 days before an election.
Voter Registration bill SB 1007 was filed. This bill provides automatic voter registration for citizens who apply for a driver’s license or renewal, unless the applicant declines.  AGREE or DISAGREE with these bills? 
Omnibus bill SB 135 was referred to Committee on Elections. This omnibus bill would establish same-day voter registration and portable registration, and allow county election boards to extend the polls to be closed as late as 8 p.m. Polls currently close at 6 p.m. It would also provide that an application to obtain or renew a driver license or ID card would serve as an application for voter registration and would establish a default of voter registration when applying for a driver's license or ID card if the person does not indicate that they do not want to register to vote. The bill would also allow voters to come back to the polls to provide ID so that their provisional ballot would be counted. The bill also makes changes to the practices regarding notices mailed to new registrants.
AGREE or DISAGREE with these bills? 
Voting Rights bill HB 1129 was referred to House Committee on Ways and Means. This bill outlines rights for the homeless citizens, including the "right to vote, register to vote and receive documentation necessary to prove identity for voting without discrimination due to his or her experiencing homelessness."  
Voter Registration bill SB 11 and SB 19 are scheduled for first reading in Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs. This bill would provide automatic voter registration of citizens who apply for the issuance, renewal, or modification of a driver’s license or ID card through the state Motor Vehicle Administration. Applicants 
may decline voter registration by affirmatively indicating as such on the application or failing to sign the 
voter registration application.
AGREE or DISAGREE with these bills? Contact your state legislators here!
Voter ID bill HB 4179 was filed. This bill provides that a first-time voter can meet voter ID requirements under HAVA by showing ID to an election clerk in any county, city, or township before an election.  Absentee Voting bill HB 4724 was reassigned to Committee on Government Operations. This bill would amend the Michigan Election Law to modify the procedures both for obtaining an application for an absentee ballot, 
and also for returning that application to the local clerk where the voter was registered to vote. Notably, the 
bill would permit any eligible voter, without offering a reason, to apply for an absent voter ballot in person with the local clerk by providing a driver license, an official state identification card, or another generally recognized picture identification card. The bill would take effect January 1, 2016.  
New York
Voter Registration bill AB 8626 was referred to Election Law. This bill provides for the voter registration of qualified individuals when they complete an application for a new or renewed driver's license, learner's 
permit, or other specified services at the DMV and designated public assistance agencies, including NVRA agencies, state and city universities, public housing agencies, the Department of Labor, and the division of military affairs. Individuals must consent to registration. This bill requires development of procedures to allow voters to provide their signature at the polling place or on an absentee ballot request if no signature is on file. If the agency does not currently collect citizenship information, it must maintain records sufficient for 
transmitting citizenship information, but must not store or use citizenship information for other purposes. This bill also requires online voter registration be provided on the websites of local election officials. Individuals may provide electronic signatures by executing an electronic mark or submitting an electronic copy of a signature. Additionally, it requires the development of a registration process by telephone.
South Carolina
Youth Voting bill H 4382 was filed. This bill would amend state law to require the State Dept. of Education, the State Election Commission, and the County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections to ensure that high school students who are at least 17 years of age have completed voter registration forms and received instruction in a classroom environment (or through other methods approved by the local school district) on the importance of voting. The bill would allow a student to opt out of the process.  Voter Registration bill H 4471 was referred to Committee on Judiciary. This bill provides that applications for state ID or driver’s license serve as applications for voter registration. Upon receiving voter registration applications, the county board of voter registration and elections must notify each person of the process to 
decline being registered as a voter. If a person does not respond within 15 calendar days, that person’s registration will be complete.
Voting Rights Restoration HB 107 was filed. This bill provides for the automatic restoration of voting rights for those convicted of nonviolent felonies (excluding felony drug and election fraud crimes) upon completion of sentence, including any term of probation or parole, and the payment of all restitution, fines, costs, and fees assessed as a result of the felony conviction.  Voter ID Expansion bill SB 69 was referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections. This bill adds to the list of accepted forms of identification for purposes of voting a valid ID with the voter's photo that is issued  by any private entity that is licensed or certified, in whole or in part, by the State Department of Health, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, or the Department of 
Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
The IRS Blinks on a Proposal to Collect SSNs from Nonprofit Donors North Carolina Voter ID Trial Set for Jan. 25  “The federal judge who will preside over the trial about North Carolina’s voter ID law told attorneys in an 
order this week to be ready to make their arguments on Jan. 25.”   Last year, the state’s legislature amended its voter ID requirement with a provision modeled on South Carolina’s federally-precleared voter ID law that gives voters without an accepted photo ID the option to cast a ballot with a declaration of reasonable impediment. “Attorneys for the state have argued that the 2015 amendment made the 2013 legal challenge moot.”

White House: Obama 'bound and determined' to act on amnesty despite mid-term election results.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters that President Obama was “bound and determined” to use his executive power to grant amnesty for illegal immigrants despite the results of the mid-term elections.

“The best example of something like this would be on immigration reform,” Earnest said, citing Republican unwillingness to consider the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill that passed the Senate.

“The president has indicated that before the end of the year he is prepared to use his executive authority to try to fix those elements of the immigration system that he can fix, using his executive authority,” Earnest said, reminding reporters to expect an announcement by the end of the year.


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