Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the case of Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., a lawsuit challenging 1993’s National Voter Registration Act. Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater issued the following statement on the positive ruling:
While state lawmakers have been busy finding ways to undermine democracy by proposing laws to block the vote, federal lawmakers introduced a bill to ensure all eligible Americans have access to the ballot. Now, we are asking members of Congress to make sure this important bill gains traction.
Today, Project Vote is pleased to release the latest policy paper in our Issues in Election Administration series, Online Voter Registration.
Online voter registration is a promising and increasingly popular way for states to expand the options available for eligible citizens to register to vote. Properly implemented, systems that allow citizens to register or update their registration information online have the potential to increase the accuracy of the voter rolls, reduce election administration costs, and bring more Americans—particularly underrepresented younger Americans—into the electoral process.
Today, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the landmark National Voter Registration Act that helped an estimated 141 million Americans register to vote at public agencies and DMVs and exercise this important civic duty. Join Project Vote and other civil and voting rights groups on Twitter and take action in support of reducing barriers to voting.
The #NVRAat20 Twitter party starts today at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Learn more about today’s festivities here.
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Washington, DC – Monday, May 20 marks the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Though less familiar to most Americans than the Voting Rights Act, the NVRA changed the way voter registration is handled in the U.S. It stands today as one of the most vital federal laws protecting the right to vote in America.
The NVRA is commonly known as the “Motor Voter” law because it requires every driver’s license application to include voter registration. The NVRA also mandated that voter registration be offered at public assistance agencies, created national standards for voter registration, and introduced safeguards against the wrongful purging of registrations.
Since the implementation of the NVRA, an estimated 141 million Americans have applied to get on the voter rolls through registration services the NVRA requires at DMVs, disability offices, and public agencies. In addition, countless more have been protected from purging due to the protections the NVRA provides.
Monday, May 20 is the 20th Anniversary of the signing on the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Let’s celebrate! Join us Monday, May 20 at 1 PM ET for a Twitter chat on #NVRAat20.
Join Project Vote, Demos, Fem2pt0, Asian American Justice Center, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, League of Women Voters, Tennessee Citizen Action, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and others for the #NVRAat20 tweet chat on Monday, May 20 at 1 PM ET. We’ll discuss how Americans register to vote, the importance of this cornerstone law, how Project Vote and partners are taking action to improve enforcement of the NVRA to help more Americans register to vote, and what is the future for voter registration in the U.S.
New York may soon join 32 other states in providing its electorate the opportunity to vote early if the Assembly’s newly adopted bill, AB 689, passes the Senate.
The state ranked “44th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for voter participation” in 2012. The low turnout was attributed to Hurricane Sandy, as well as other convenience issues.