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Election Legislation 2013: Legislative Threats and Opportunities E-mail
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 clash between voters who want to raise their voices at the ballot box and the political forces that want to silence them has entered a new era. A major change in our election system occurred this June, when the United States Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder effectively gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In the wake of that ruling, states have already begun passing laws that could have a disastrous impact on minority turnout. And the fight has just begun.

In 2013, lawmakers on either side of the struggle for voting rights have gone to work. Those who want to limit access to the polls have relentlessly pushed regressive laws through the legislature, aided in some jurisdictions by the Supreme Court’s recent decision to remove a core voting rights protection. In this new memo, Erin Ferns Lee provides a comprehensive analysis of recent election legislation successes and failures, and provides insight into what we can expect in 2014. 

You can download this new memo here. For individual maps and tables, click here

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Fill Out Full Virginia State Voter Registration Form, Advise Voting Rights Advocates E-mail
August 29, 2013

Overlooking box on the form can cause eligible applicants to be rejected, says Project Vote

RICHMOND, Va. – A spot check of rejected voter registration applications in the state of Virginia found that a large percentage of applications had been rejected because applicants had overlooked an easily missed section on the state voter registration form
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Project Vote Statement on North Carolina Voter Suppression Bill E-mail
July 23, 2013
 
Today, the Rules Committee of the North Carolina Senate is considering a new version of HB 589, an omnibus election administration bill. This version, rewritten by senate leadership, contains changes that would be disastrous for the voting rights of all North Carolinians. Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater had the following statement in response:
 
“North Carolina’s senate leadership has taken a bad bill and made it immeasurably worse with new or edited language. HB 589 already included onerous voter ID provisions that could potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of eligible North Carolina voters. Now, the new bill is a wide-ranging package of voter suppression policies that would severely hinder the ability of eligible voters to cast a ballot in the state. 
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