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la Louisiana Federal Court Upholds the Spirit and Letter of the NVRA
By Niyati Shah July 28, 2016

In an exhaustive opinion handed down in Louisiana, a federal district court basically held that mere lip service to the public assistance provisions of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is not an option. Read more

News

Project Vote interns Sarah Schwartz, Julia Burzynski, and Jacob Conarck stand outside the U.S. Court of Appeals. (Project Vote) Federal Court Hears Pivotal Voting Rights Case
By Sarah Schwartz June 23, 2016

This week, a federal court heard a case "that will determine the outcome of one of the most unprecedented attacks against voting rights in history." Read more

Election Legislation

(Sarah Hattie/Creative Commons) Groups Tell Gov. Kasich to Veto Bill That Violates Voting Rights
By Erin Ferns Lee May 31, 2016

Project Vote and Ohio advocacy groups urge Governor Kasich to veto a bill that would make it harder to keep polling places open in the event of an emergency. Read more

Blog Filters

Voter ID Rulings Serve as a Stark Reminder of Missing Protections in 2016

Protect the Voting Rights Act rally at the SCOTUS, February 2013. (Photo by David Sachs/SEIU)
By Archita Taylor, Niyati Shah August 11, 2016

Recent court victories against voter suppression just underline the missing protections of the Voting Rights Act in this crucial election year. Read more

Louisiana Federal Court Upholds the Spirit and Letter of the NVRA

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By Niyati Shah July 28, 2016

In an exhaustive opinion handed down in Louisiana, a federal district court basically held that mere lip service to the public assistance provisions of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is not an option. Read more

Families USA Offers Voter Registration Webinar for Health Exchange Assisters

Photo: Project Vote
By Sarah Brannon July 20, 2016

Drawing on Project Vote resources, Families USA recently provided a webinar reminding ACA Assisters that they can serve another important role: helping clients register to vote. Read more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Debunking Ohio’s Rationalization for Discriminating Against Voters Who Miss an Election

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
By LaShonda Brenson, Stephen Mortellaro July 18, 2016

Just because someone hasn't voted recently, that doesn't mean they moved, and it certainly doesn't mean they should be removed from the rolls. Read more

In Support of the Automatic Voter Registration Act

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By Marissa Liebling July 18, 2016

Introduced last week, the Automatic Voter Registration Act would create a modernized registration system fit for the twenty-first century. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, August 6, 1965. This will be the first election cycle in over 50 years without the anti-discrimination protections of the VRA.
By Erin Ferns Lee July 15, 2016

In 2016, the trend in voting bills has been towards modernizing the voter registration process to make voting more accessible. But the threat from lawmakers to pass laws that make it harder for citizens to vote remains, and this will be the first election cycle in fifty years without the protections of the Voting Rights Act. Read more

Automatic Voter Registration and the NVRA: A New Report (and a Podcast) Explains

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By Project Vote July 15, 2016

Today we are proud to release Automatic Voter Registration: Two NVRA-Compliant Models, by election counsel Niyati Shah, and an audio... Read more

Time Off to Vote? New Tool Helps Voters Understand Election Rules

By Project Vote July 11, 2016

Do you get time off to vote on Election Day? Free online voting resource, Electionary, provides this information and more. Read more

Voter Registration Builds Power in Your Community

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By Amy Busefink July 7, 2016

Voter registration is the first step every citizen must take before they can participate in the democratic process. There are... Read more

How Motor Voter Law Helps Improve Voter Registration Rates in New Mexico

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By Colline Ferrier July 6, 2016

When states comply with federal voter registration law, more citizens register to vote. Project Vote policy analyst, Colline Ferrier offers a visual on how this works in New Mexico. Read more