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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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U.S. Court of Appeals Orders Stay in Proof of Citizenship Case E-mail

Change in National Voter Registration Form on Hold Pending Appeal

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a stay in Kris W. Kobach et al v. United States, meaning that, while the Court considers the appeal, residents of Kansas and Arizona applying to register to vote using the federal registration form will not be required to provide proof of citizenship. 

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Updated Policy Paper on Youth Voting E-mail

May 9, 2014

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Today, Project Vote is pleased to release the latest updated policy paper in our Issues in Election Administration series, Enfranchising America’s Youth

Despite significant gains in voter turnout over the last decade, young people are still underrepresented within the American electorate, and are among the populations most vulnerable to disenfranchisement. Recent partisan attacks on voting rights, such as strict voter ID laws, have a disproportionate impact on young voters, and risk exacerbating further the existing disparities in the electorate. 

In this updated policy paper, Project Vote Communications Manager Erin Ferns Lee reviews the voting rates of 18- to 29-year-old citizens in recent elections, and examines laws that hinder or facilitate participation by young, non-college attending voters. The paper provides recommendations for effective policies that can improve participation rates for all American youth, including preregistration, high school registration, voter education programs, and other policies that can increase access to registration and voting for this underrepresented population.

Read this new policy paper here. 

 

 

 
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