Todd Rokita on Government Reform
Rokita, formerly in charge of overseeing election laws, responded to remarks made on Aug. 6 by the White House Press Secretary about the upcoming reauthorization of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, saying "there are documented instances where Republicans make it harder for eligible Americans to cast a vote--including those who may not have driver's licenses."
Rokita responded: "There is no case of outright denial of voting." He noted that voters who show up at the polls without ID are given provisional ballots and then have seven days to produce ID to make their vote count.
As to the argument that voter ID laws make it harder to vote, Rokita noted, "In 2004, before we had our voter ID law, the average turnout in the primaries was 21% of eligible voters. After the law took effect [in 2006], the average turnout was 31%."
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Congressional summary:: Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act: Requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) standards and definitions in effect on January 1, 2010, for determining whether an organization qualifies for tax-exempt status as an organization operated exclusively for social welfare to apply to such determinations after enactment of this Act. Prohibits any regulation, or other ruling, not limited to a particular taxpayer relating to such standards and definitions.
Proponent's argument in favor (Heritage Action, Feb. 26, 2014): H.R. 3865 comes in the wake of an attack on the Tea Party and other conservative organizations. The current IRS regulation is so broad and ill-defined that the IRS applies a "facts and circumstances" test to determine what constitutes "political activity" by an organization. This test can vary greatly depending on the subjective views of the particular IRS bureaucrat applying the test. IRS employees took advantage of this vague and subjective standard to unfairly delay granting tax-exempt status to Tea Party organizations and subject them to unreasonable scrutiny.
Text of sample IRS letter to Tea Party organizations:We need more information before we can complete our consideration of your application for exemption. Please provide the information requested on the enclosed Information Request by the response due date. Your response must be signed by an authorized person or officer whose name is listed on your application.
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