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Project Vote Releases Policy Paper on Same Day Registration E-mail
June 21, 2013

Project Vote is pleased to release the next installment in our Issues in Election Administration policy-paper series, Same Day Registration
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Same Day Registration (SDR, also known as Election Day Registration) has proven to be an innovation in electionadministration that both expands the electorate and conveniences voters. However, despite the growing acceptance of SDR across the country and its smooth implementation for 35 years, there is still stiff resistance to adopting such policies in many states, and efforts in other states to restrict or eliminate existing SDR policies.
 
“Policy makers would do well to consider the overwhelming benefits of SDR in expanding the electorate,” writes Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle Rogers. “Given the successful track record in states that have adopted SDR, legislators should resist the ill-advised attempts to roll back this important innovation.”
 
In this new policy paper, Rogers provides a comprehensive overview of this issue, identifying the tremendous benefits and addressing the potential concerns of SDR. The paper summarizes the various systems currently in place around the country, offering examples of how legislators and election officials can best implement SDR to reach the greatest number of eligible citizens. 

Download this policy paper here.
 
SCOTUS Sides with Landmark Voter Registration Law E-mail
The National Voter Registration Act Trumps Restrictive Arizona Voting Law

June 17, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the case of Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., a lawsuit challenging 1993’s National Voter Registration Act. Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater issued the following statement on the positive ruling:
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Project Vote Releases New Policy Paper on Online Registration E-mail
May 30, 2013

Today, Project Vote is pleased to release the latest policy paper in our Issues in Election Administration series, Online Voter Registration.

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Online voter registration is a promising and increasingly popular way for states to expand the options available to eligible citizens to register to vote. Properly implemented, systems that allow citizens to register or update their registration information online have the potential to increase the accuracy of the voter rolls, reduce election administration costs, and bring more Americans—particularly underrepresented younger Americans—into the electoral process. However, election officials must take care to ensure that such systems are designed to maximize the efficiency and impact of online registration. Furthermore, it is important to recognize that online registration may not help all populations equally. Officials should take steps to ensure that the shift towards electronic registration does not leave certain demographics behind and exacerbate existing disparities in the electorate.  

Written by Project Vote Election Counsel Michelle Kanter Cohen, Online Voter Registration provides a comprehensive overview of this issue, identifying both the tremendous benefits and potential concerns of online registration.  The paper summarizes the various systems currently in place around the country, and offers reasonable recommendations for how legislators and election officials can best design online systems to reach the greatest number of eligible citizens.

Download this policy paper here. 


 

 
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