Call Us:202-441-5487
Instaappointment Image
Lawyers Democracy Fund (LDF) is a non-profit organization created to promote social welfare by engaging in activities to promote the role of ethics and legal professionalism in the electoral process.

Join our weekly voter ID and mandatory voter registration update email list

LDF submitted a letter to the editor in response to a quote in Politico dismissing concerns over vote fraud and voter intimidation

LDF submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration with analysis of the Secure Elections Act

LDF’s analysis of the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261)

LDF submitted a letter to the Committee on House Administration in support of voter registration list maintenance

LDF submitted a comment to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Follow us on Twitter!

LDF is pleased to release its Model Voter ID Legislation

LDF President Harvey Tettlebaum was quoted on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in The New York Times:

“We are disappointed with those who choose to condemn the commission even before it has met and certainly before its work product is known,” the president of one conservative advocacy group active on election issues, Harvey Tettlebaum of the Lawyers Democracy Fund, said in an email this week. And conservatives say there is now so much concern about the integrity of elections that the public demands more safeguards against fraud.

LDF Board Member Joanne Young published an op-ed about the importance of procedures to protect both election integrity and voter confidence in the outcome of elections:

[T]he Left remains obstinate. Indeed, for the past year, Democrats have filed endless lawsuits against voter-integrity laws and complained that measures to improve election security will burden or disenfranchise voters.

Here’s the truth. In the aftermath of the infamous 2000 election, a blue-ribbon commission was created. It was chaired by former Democratic president Jimmy Carter and former Republican secretary of state James Baker. The commission recommended a simple, serviceable, and straightforward solution: require voters to present a voter ID before they can vote.

And yet, the Left fights measures like this every step of the way. It will tell you it’s oppressive to get an ID — even though the Supreme Court has ruled that a trip to an election office or the DMV does not place an undue burden on voters. Indeed, the Left opposes any real effort to keep the rolls accurate, even simply to remove the names of non-citizens, dead people, and those who have moved and registered in another state. . . . Inaccurate voter rolls also exponentially increase the potential for fraud. 

Latest News

In partisan move, Illinois Senate ignores necessary changes by Gov. Rauner to automatic voter registration

The Daily Northwestern reports that the Illinois Senate voted 38-18 to override the veto of Governor Bruce Rauner to the automatic voter registration bill.  Governor Rauner called the legislation as originally drafted “injurious” to the Illinois election system. The veto had included slight changes to the bill to conform to federal law and ensure…

Ongoing SBI investigation into Durham NC election office handling of provisional ballots

In North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the mishandling of more than 1,000 provisional ballots during the March primary.  According to an interim report ballots were being counted twice and election officials presented the vote count as true when it was wrong.  The fraud investigation is in Durham the same…

North Carolina Tight Race for Governor: McCrory Campaign prepares for “extended contest”

The media is reporting that Pat McCrory, the incumbent Governor of North Carolina, is preparing for a recount and “extended contest” of irregularities in the counting of ballots in Durham County.  According to local media, a complaint for recount was filed to review 90,000 ballots in Durham County that had multiple issues on…