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Political Participation of LGBT Americans E-mail

Until recently, little has been known about the political participation of LGBT individuals. Historically, most of the national surveys and polls about registration and voting have failed to ask identifying questions on sexual orientation, making it difficult for researchers to track down participation trends among this population. In recent years this situation has begun to change, however, as more and more polls and surveys have collected data on political behavior among the LGBT population. 

In this new research memo, Political Participation of LGBT Americans, Project Vote Political Scientist Vanessa M. Perez reviews and summarizes the findings of recent research, and identifies important gaps in our knowledge about LGBT participation. 

Download this research memo here

As Secretary Burwell Starts Work, Fixing Voter Registration System in Health Benefits Exchanges Should Be a Top Priority E-mail
Congressional Progressive Caucus and voting rights groups call on new head of HHS to address violations of federal voting law
June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as the Senate confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) sent Secretary Burwell a letter emphasizing the importance of properly incorporating voter registration services into the federal Exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (The letter may be read here.) 
Election Legislation 2014: Legislative Threats and Opportunities E-mail
May 29, 2014
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 latest update in our ongoing Election Legislation Threats and Opportunities series. 

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” President Obama said recently. And indeed, in this important election year, there is a battle over election laws being waged in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. In Election Legislation 2014: Threats and Opportunities, Project Vote's Erin Ferns Lee analyzes the legislative landscape in 2014, and assesses the ground gained and lost so far in the war over voting rights. 

In 2014, legislatures around the country have seen a boom in proposals to increase access to the polls. However, according to this new report, pro-voting reforms continue to meet strong partisan resistance, and efforts to suppress voting by eligible Americans continue to be proposed.

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

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