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Jul 29 / Project Vote

Infographic: How to Amplify Your Nonprofit’s Impact With Voter Registration

Infographic: Nonprofit Partners Initiative

Jul 29 / Project Vote

Infografico: Como amplificar el impacto de su organizacion con el registro de votante

Jul 14 / Catherine Flanagan

North Carolina Citizens Take Action for Democracy

Photo: Catherine Flanagan/Project Vote

Photo: Catherine Flanagan/Project Vote

President Obama has said that Dr. King led our country on a salvation path for the oppressed as well as the oppressor. I love this statement because it highlights Dr. King’s vision that the political is the personal. Just as relationships between individuals can only work if they’re based on mutual respect, our democracy can function only if its laws advance— not thwart—each person’s dignity and right to political expression.

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Jul 3 / Benjamin Anderson

North Carolinians Trigger Legislative Change to Voter Suppression Law

Photo: Susan Melkisethian via Creative Commons

Photo: Susan Melkisethian via Creative Commons

North Carolina’s harsh voter identification law, the Voter Information Verification Act, has met strong resistance since it passed in 2013. As the Act nears its 2016 implementation, the state Board of Elections recently released its proposed set of specific rules for administering the ID requirement, followed by nine hearings across the state for the purpose of soliciting public comment on the rules.

Many North Carolinians used the hearings as an outlet to express their concerns about the law’s potential to disenfranchise voters, and in a triumph for the democratic process, the legislature has now responded with a bill to help ease some (though not all) of the law’s harshness.

The 2013 Voter Information Verification Act requires, in part, that voters present an approved form of photo ID in order to vote. The law states that the photo must bear a “reasonable resemblance” to the voter, but stops short of specifying what “reasonable resemblance” means. The proposed rules released by the Board of Elections include specific guidance on the “reasonable resemblance” requirement, including the instruction that perceived differences in weight, hair style, facial hair, complexion, disability, and other characteristics may not be grounds for finding a lack of resemblance.

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Jun 30 / Alex Ferguson

New Jersey Is Getting Serious About Voting Reform

Photo: Jennie Ivans via Creative Commons

Photo: Jennie Ivans via Creative Commons

The New Jersey state legislature recently introduced multiple versions of a bill called “The Democracy Act” that aims to bring sweeping reforms to numerous elements of the state’s voting and election laws. The first version of the bill (NJ A 4574) was introduced to the Assembly, referred to several committees, amended, and has not passed the Assembly yet. The second version of the bill (NJ A 4613) passed the State Assembly, moved on to the State Senate where it also passed, and is now headed to Governor Chris Christie’s desk where it will likely be vetoed. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, aims to make voting and registering to vote much easier, but also aims to deal with deceptive voting practices and voter fraud. Despite containing seemingly bipartisan provisions, the bill has been supported along partisan lines, gaining support amongst Democrats and opposition from Republicans.

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