The American Center for Voting Rights or ACVR was a non-profit organization founded by Mark F. "Thor" Hearne that operated from March 2005 to May 2007 and pushed for laws to reduce voter intimidation and voter fraud, and supported requiring photo ID for voters. Its lobbying arm was called the American Center for Voting Rights Legislative Fund. Election law expert Richard L. Hasen noted that it was "the only prominent non-governmental organization claiming that voter fraud is a major problem," and called the Center a Republican Partyfront group whose support of a photo ID requirement was intended to suppress the minority vote.
ACVR was founded in Midlothian, Virginia as "a non-partisan 501(c)(3) legal and education organization committed to defending the rights of voters and working to increase public confidence in the fairness and outcome of elections" Its lobbying arm, the American Center for Voting Rights Legislative Fund was chartered as a 501(4) non-stock corporation.
ACVR's officers included:
Mark F. "Thor" Hearne, founder and general counsel. Former vice president and director of election operations for the Republican National Lawyers Association. Served as national......