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As Secretary Burwell Starts Work, Fixing Voter Registration System in Health Benefits Exchanges Should Be a Top Priority E-mail
Congressional Progressive Caucus and voting rights groups call on new head of HHS to address violations of federal voting law
 
June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as the Senate confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) sent Secretary Burwell a letter emphasizing the importance of properly incorporating voter registration services into the federal Exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (The letter may be read here.) 
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Election Legislation 2014: Legislative Threats and Opportunities E-mail
May 29, 2014
 
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 right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” President Obama said recently. And indeed, in this important election year, there is a battle over election laws being waged in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. In Election Legislation 2014: Threats and Opportunities, Project Vote's Erin Ferns Lee analyzes the legislative landscape in 2014, and assesses the ground gained and lost so far in the war over voting rights. 

In 2014, legislatures around the country have seen a boom in proposals to increase access to the polls. However, according to this new report, pro-voting reforms continue to meet strong partisan resistance, and efforts to suppress voting by eligible Americans continue to be proposed.

You can download the full memo below, as well as the individual maps and tables.

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U.S. Court of Appeals Orders Stay in Proof of Citizenship Case E-mail

Change in National Voter Registration Form on Hold Pending Appeal

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued a stay in Kris W. Kobach et al v. United States, meaning that, while the Court considers the appeal, residents of Kansas and Arizona applying to register to vote using the federal registration form will not be required to provide proof of citizenship. 

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