Catherine Engelbrecht: Lessons Learned From True the Vote, 2000 Mules

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Look, I mean, I think it was congressman Sheila Jackson Lee's district. We call it Shirley. And there was like an empty lot, folks. You got to check this out. There's an empty dirt lot. And Catherine calls. She's guess what we found. It was true to vote back then. We got over 40 people who are registered to vote at an empty dirt lot. Do you remember that? Oh, yeah. That was one of our very first research projects and the way it went was when we started through the vote, it was just a very small group that said, you know what? We need volunteers who are not enough volunteers to work at the polls and we're all looking for some way to sort of check that good citizenship box. So let's go do that. And when we did that, we saw problems related to process. Some of those problems were focused, most of the problems were focused on inaccuracies in a poll book. And that led to the question of, well, how does bad data get into the poll book? What kind of controls and maintenance measures are being taken, which roll back to how our voters being registered, which got to these MP lots and people being registered at Jack in the boxes and, you know, fans in the dresses and so forth and so on. And that really started this, you know, now decade plus kind of sojourn and crusade for better process and really the heart of the movie is really meant to highlight the breakdown of process and breakdown of integrity in our elections. We have been pushed into a corner where voter ID is claimed to be racist. You know, we need to be able to vote for a month before election. Oh, just go down the list. And then you introduce these drop boxes. So our hope was to highlight just how broken it is all becomes and then find our way

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