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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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Jun 29 / Project Vote

Supreme Court Declines to Review Proof-of-Citizenship Case

Photo: Jeff Kubina via Creative Commons

Photo: Jeff Kubina via Creative Commons

Lawsuit by Arizona and Kansas to Force Changes in Federal Voter Registration Form Reaches the End of the Road

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court denied a Petition for Certiorari filed by Arizona and Kansas in Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission. By refusing to hear an appeal in the case, the Supreme Court leaves in effect the November 2014 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that Arizona and Kansas cannot force the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to alter the federal voter registration form to require documentary proof of citizenship.

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Jun 27 / Benjamin Anderson

Roanoke Rally Issues A Call to Action On Voting Rights

Photo: Project Vote

Photo: Project Vote

On Thursday I had the privilege of traveling to Roanoke, Va. to rally alongside hundreds of people in support of the Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Act, introduced in Congress on Wednesday by Senators Leahy, Durbin and Coons and Representatives Lewis, Sewell, Sanchez, and Chu, has a simple objective: restore the Voting Rights Act, the law that has guarded against discrimination at the polls for 50 years. It is hard to imagine such an objective could be controversial, yet for two years now Congress has refused to consider the issue.

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Jun 25 / Emily Hoyle

Shelby County and the Power of the SCOTUS Swing Vote

Photo: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (Roberts Court (2010-) - The Oyez Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States (Roberts Court (2010-) – The Oyez Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Two years ago today, the Supreme Court delivered a devastating blow to the Voting Rights Act in its Shelby County v. Holder decision. Shelby County invalidated the coverage formula of the VRA, effectively nullifying the section that required jurisdictions that had a history of discriminatory voting practices to get federal preclearance before any new voting practices could be implemented. In the years since Shelby County, the number of states that have proposed laws that restrict access to voting is staggering. The obvious and far-reaching effects of this 5-4 decision highlight the incredible influence and power a single Supreme Court justice possesses.

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Jun 24 / Erin Ferns Lee

Project Vote Urges Lawmakers to Support New Voting Rights Bill

Photo: United States Senate [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By United States Senate [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

While voting and civil rights advocates prepare to rally in support of restoring the Voting Rights Act in Roanoke, Va. tomorrow, Congressional members introduced a new bill that would update protections against discriminatory voting practices. Project Vote submitted a letter today to urge members of Congress to support this new legislation.

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