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Voting Rights Groups Move to Enforce 'Motor Voter' in California E-mail

Investigations find the California Department of Motor Vehicles not in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act

February 5, 2015

Today, citing clear evidence that the State of California is violating its federally-mandated responsibility to offer California drivers and ID card holders the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Demos, Project Vote, ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and the global law firm Morrison & Foerster sent a pre-litigation notice letter to the California Secretary of State on behalf of the League of Women Voters of California, ACCE Institute, California Common Cause, the National Council of La Raza, and several individual California citizens.

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Representational Bias in the 2012 Electorate E-mail

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In Representational Bias in the 2012 Electorate, Project Vote’s Senior Policy Analyst, Dr. Vanessa Perez, analyses registration and voting rates for every presidential election in the 21st century. The report examines participation for different demographic groups—according to race and ethnicity, age, gender, income, education, and other factors—to determine the ways in which the American electorate is becoming more or less representative of the citizen population.

Analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, Representational Bias reviews the story of who was eligible to vote, who was registered to vote, and who did vote in the 2012 general election. The report provides detailed information on registration rates and voting behavior based on key demographic factors, including race/ethnicity, age, gender and marital status, income, education, residential mobility, and disability status. The report also provides registration and turnout rates for each state, with comparative rankings.

Representational Bias in the 2012 Electorate provides comparative data for the presidential elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012, in order to trace how the composition of the electorate has changed in the 21st century, and where there is still work to be done to achieve demographic parity.

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Appeals Court Overturns March Ruling in Kobach v. EAC E-mail
Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals says Arizona and Kansas cannot force proof-of-citizenship requirements on the federal voter registration form

November 7, 2014

In a major victory for voting rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has unanimously ruled that Arizona and Kansas cannot force the Election Assistance Commission to alter the federal voter registration form to require documentary proof-of-citizenship.
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