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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.

New Jersey Failing to Offer Voter Registration to Low-Income Residents E-mail

National Voting Rights Groups Put Lt. Gov. Guadagno and DHS on Notice for Violations of Federal Law

October 1, 2013

TRENTON, NJ – Citing clear evidence that numerous low-income New Jersey residents have been denied the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Rutgers Constitutional Law Clinic, Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP have issued official notice to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, as well as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), that the state is not in compliance with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).  

The notification letter, sent today on behalf of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP, calls on Guadagno and DHS to take corrective action necessary to bring New Jersey into compliance with the NVRA by offering voter registration opportunities at public assistance agencies or to face possible litigation.

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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