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The Worst of 'True the Vote': Here Are 5 Appalling Events in the Voter Suppression Group’s Shameful History

Earlier this week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had a good laugh at the expense of True the Vote—a Tea Party-affiliated group that, since 2009, has been at the forefront of GOP voter suppression efforts. Maddow, in a mocking tone, read part of a new fundraising letter in which True the Vote complained that in Texas, “state officials have notified us that counties are being buried under hundreds of thousands of incoming voter registrations, all being strategically submitted (en masse).” Why, in God’s name—Maddow wanted to know—

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Even Republicans Are Ridiculing These Texas-Based Right-Wing Voting Vigilantes

True The Vote, the Texas-based Republican voting vigilante posse, is facing what may be its biggest public shaming ever following a race-baiting witch hunt in Mississippi after its Tea Party candidate lost in the U.S. Senate Republican primary.

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Conservative Group Photoshops Black Woman's Face Out of Photo in Anti-Voting Rights Mailer

A conservative group connected to Colorado’s Secretary of State has been sending political mailers — including a picture of a darker-skinned woman whose face was digitally removed and replaced with a white woman’s face — in an attempt to oppose a landmark voting bill that may soon become law. Colorado is currently considering a major piece of legislation to improve the state’s voting laws by implementing Election Day Registration, automatically sending mail ballots to every voter, and creating a real-time voter database to detect and prevent fraud. It passed the House last week and will now be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a frequent speaker at True The Vote events who uses his perch to warn about the supposed threat of voter fraud, is leading opposition to the bill, which is supported by a number of Republican County Clerks and the Colorado County Clerks Association. Now, a dark money group named the “Citizens for Free and Fair Elections”, which lists its address as that of Gessler’s former firm, the Hackstaff Law Group, is sending out photoshopped mailers in an attempt to pressure the election clerks into switching their position. Here is the mailer:

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Is The Voter Vigilante Group True The Vote Violating Ohio Law to Intimidate Voters at the Polls?

A right-wing voter vigilante group, TrueTheVote, may be pushing their anti-democratic agenda into illegal territory in Ohio by interfering with that state’s official poll worker training regimen one week before the 2012 presidential election.

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Going Undercover at the GOP's Voter Vigilante Project to Disrupt the Nov. Election

I was nervous getting onto the flight to Denver. Since 2004, I have been a national radio producer, investigative reporter, author and consultant—writing about how elections are won, lost, bungled and improved, with a big focus on voter registration. But I had never snuck into a meeting of right-wing voting vigilantes who are the frontline of a national voter suppression strategy, and where the main speaker was a man whose new book I’d aggressively debunked days before, in an AlterNet article lauded by a leading election law blog and Washington Post. The meeting was a state summit organized by a group called True The Vote. The author was John Fund, who absurdly claims that more than 1,000 felons voted illegally in Minnesota in 2008, sending Democrat Al Franken to the U.S. Senate, where he was the final vote that passed Obama's health care reform.

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