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Democracy Initiative Calls on President Obama to Bring Health Care Exchanges into Compliance with Federal Voter Registration Law E-mail
March 13, 2014
 
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Democracy Initiative—a coalition of more than 40 labor, civil rights, voting rights, environmental, and like-minded organizations committed to strengthening American democracy—called on the president to ensure that millions of Americans applying for benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are also provided their federally-guaranteed opportunity to register to vote.
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New Report on Restoring Voting Rights for Former Felons E-mail
March 10, 2014

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Today, Project Vote is pleased to release the latest policy paper in our Issues in Election Administration series, Restoring Voting Rights for Former Felons.

The story of American democracy is often told as the steady expansion of voting rights, but history has not yet caught up with one group: people with past felony convictions. Policies on felon re-enfranchisement are inconsistent across the 50 states, creating widespread confusion among both former offenders and the officials charged with implementing the laws. The result is a network of misinformation that discourages some legally eligible voters from registering to vote, and places undue restrictions on others seeking reintegration into society.

In this updated policy paper, Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle Rogers looks at the relevant voting laws in all 50 states, discusses the arguments for felon re-enfranchisement, and makes recommendations for clear and uniform policies that benefit society as a whole.


 
A Sad Day for Voting Rights: Senate Rejects Nominee for Top Civil Rights Lawyer E-mail
March 5, 2014
 
WASHINGTON, DC - This afternoon, the Senate voted to block the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle Rogers issued the following statement in response.
 
“Rarely has the United States Senate considered a nominee so perfectly qualified for the position for which the President chose him. Mr. Adegbile is a lawyer of impeccable credentials with expertise in every facet of civil rights law.
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