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North Carolina in Violation of "Motor Voter" Law E-mail

Voting Rights Groups Call on State to Fix Voter Registration at DMVs, or Face Litigation

June 1, 2015

NEW YORK, RALEIGH, AND WASHINGTON, DC – Attorneys for Action NC, Democracy North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), and several North Carolina residents sent a pre-litigation notice letter today to Kim Strach, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), as well as Secretary of Transportation Anthony Tata and Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Kelly Thomas, alleging that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) is failing to meet its voter registration obligations. 

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), commonly known as “Motor Voter,” requires the DMV to provide voter registration services whenever an individual applies for, renews, or changes their address on a driver’s license or state-issued identification card. DMVs are then required to transmit this information to the appropriate election official within 10 days (or 5 days if a voter registers or changes their information within 5 days of the close of registration).

Today’s letter—sent on behalf of the individuals and voting rights groups by attorneys from Dēmos, Project Vote, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—cites clear evidence that the DMV is violating its legal requirement to provide voter registration services and transmit registration information to election officials.

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Voting Rights Advocates Call on North Carolina to Take Action after Voter Registrations Drop Sharply at State Public Assistance Agencies E-mail

May 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. – Citing clear evidence that the state of North Carolina is failing its obligation to provide low-income residents with a meaningful opportunity to register to vote at public assistance agencies, today Democracy North Carolina, Action NC, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute (“APRI”) sent a pre-litigation notice letter to Kim Strach, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBE”), as well as Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”).

According to the letter, voter registration applications initiated at public assistance agencies have dropped dramatically since Gov. Pat McCrory took office. The number of applications originating from such agencies fell from an annual average of 38,400 between 2007 and 2012 to an average of only 16,000 in  the last two years, a decline of more than 50 percent.

The notice letter—sent on behalf of the voting rights groups by attorneys from Dēmos, Project Vote, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—gives  the state 90 days to come into compliance with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”) or face litigation. 

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Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Spring 2015 E-mail

April 10, 2015

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As part of Project Vote's ongoing effort to keep you informed about the changing landscape of election legislation, we are pleased to provide the Spring 2015 edition of our ongoing Legislative Threats and Opportunities series. 

Three months into 2015, the battle for the 2016 election is already being fought in legislatures across the country.  Since January, lawmakers on the state and federal levels have introduced over 180 bills that would change state and federal voting laws.

In Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Spring 2015, Project Vote's Erin Ferns Lee summaries the content, status, and potential impact of bills introduced since the beginning of the year.

You can download the full memo below, as well as the individual maps and tables.

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