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Project Vote Pursues En Banc Hearing for Texas Voter Registration Case E-mail
October 17, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, attorneys for Project Vote filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the case of Voting for America (a Project Vote affiliate) v. Steen, requesting that the case be heard by the full roster of active judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This action follows a 2-1 ruling by a panel of three Fifth Circuit judges earlier this month. The case is about Texas state election laws that place significant restrictions on voter registration drives.
 
“Texas makes it harder than any other state to help eligible citizens register to vote,” says Michael Slater, executive director of Project Vote. “It’s no surprise then that Texas also has one of the lowest rates of voter participation in the country."
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"Voter Purge Tour Demonstrates How Gov. Scott's Latest Attack on Voters is Inaccurate, Illogical, and Targets Naturalized Citizens E-mail

With Civil Rights and Immigrant Justice Concerns Unaddressed and Ignored, Florida’s Purge Tour Raised More Questions Than it Answered

October 9, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE - Today Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner concluded the last of five meetings across the state, meetings supposedly designed to inform Supervisors of Elections and the public about Florida’s latest effort to remove alleged noncitizens from the voting rolls. Joined by his director of elections Maria Matthews, Detzner confirmed that he is creating a list of suspected noncitizen voters by cross-checking the Department of Homeland Security System Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE) database with the state’s voter data. After five days of discussion, however, it is clear that the use of SAVE data is inaccurate, unfair, poorly thought out and alarmingly similar to the error-ridden purges we have seen in the past.

Members from our organizations were present at every stop of the tour, bringing our concerns about the implementation of the renewed purge program. Chief among these concerns are:

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Florida Voter Purge Lawsuit Heads Back to Court E-mail
Civil Rights Groups to Argue that Statewide Purge Program Violates Federal Law

October 9, 2013

Miami – Florida’s 2012 voter purge program goes to court again on Thursday, when a three-judge panel hears oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the initiative. A coalition of civil rights groups – Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, as well as SEIU and law firms Jenner & Block LLP and Chavez & de Leon, which are handling the case pro bono – will argue that Gov. Rick Scott’s voter purge activities in 2012 violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which stipulates that systematic list maintenance programs must not be undertaken within 90 days of a federal election. In October 2012, the district court held that the 90-day rule did not apply to Florida’s purge of suspected non-citizens, limiting the reach of the NVRA’s prohibitions on election-eve purges. On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will hear the Plaintiffs’ appeal of that ruling.

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