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Nearly 18,000 Low-Income Georgians Apply to Register to Vote E-mail
July 17, 2013

Project Vote Lawsuit Yields Dramatic Increase in Voter Registrations at State Agencies
 
ATLANTA – Nearly 18,000 low-income Georgians have recently applied to register to vote at public agency offices, according to a new report released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). This represents a dramatic increase in applications and is the result of a successful lawsuit brought by voting rights groups to bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993. 
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Project Vote Releases Policy Paper on Permanent Portable Voter Registration E-mail
July 2, 2013
 
Continuing in our Issues in Election Administration series, today Project Vote is releasing a new policy paper on Permanent Portable Registration. You can read and download this new paper here.
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America is a highly mobile society, with tens of millions of citizens changing their residences every year. Because a voter’s eligibility is based on legal residence, this high mobility rate threatens the ability of eligible voters to cast ballots that count.
 
Permanent portable registration is an innovation that seeks to address this problem by allowing a voter who moves anywhere within the state where he or she is already registered to update his or her address at the polls and vote. 
 
“Permanent portable voter registration is a simple change that will significantly improve voters’ equal access to the ballot box,” writes Project Vote Election Counsel Michelle Kanter Cohen. “It improves turnout among voters who move, reduces the impact of mobility disparities among historically underrepresented populations, and uses existing resources to make voting easier and more accessible.”
 
In this new policy paper, Kanter Cohen provides a comprehensive overview of this issue. The paper defines permanent portable registration, discusses its numerous benefits, and suggests best practices when implementing permanent portable registration. In addition, this paper reviews the status of permanent portable registration in the states.
 
 
Voting Rights Act Ruling a Setback for Our Great Democracy E-mail
Project Vote Statement on Shelby County v. Holder Decision

June 25, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Shelby County v. Holder, ruling that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) is unconstitutional. Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater issued the following statement:
 
“Today’s ruling is a significant setback for voting rights in our great democracy. The Voting Rights Act remains one of the most important achievements of the civil rights movement, and for almost 50 years has been a vital tool to protect real voters from losing their right to cast a ballot. 
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