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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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New Report on Voter Registration at Public Assistance Agencies E-mail
February 27, 2014

altContinuing in our Issues in Election Administration series, today Project Vote is releasing a new policy paper on Voter Registration at Public Assistance Agencies. You can read and download this new paper here.



Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) requires state public assistance agencies to affirmatively offer voter registration services to their clients. These provisions were included specifically to reach populations that are not only historically underrepresented in the electorate but are also less likely to be reached by other registration opportunities.

Considering the sheer volume of citizens who pass through public assistance offices in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans should be registering every year under Section 7 of the NVRA. In recent years, however, agencies have been neglecting their obligations under the law, and the numbers of voter registrations originating from public assistance agencies in many states have dwindled to a fraction of what they should be. (Just last month, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration called the NVRA “the election statute most often ignored.”)

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