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Project Vote to Join Hundreds of Americans in Roanoke Voting Rights Rally on Shelby Anniversary E-mail
June 22, 2015
Washington, D.C.— Project Vote will travel to Roanoke, Virginia’s Elmwood Park this Thursday, June 25, to join civil rights groups and voting rights advocates in a rally to restore the Voting Rights Act. On this 2nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, Project Vote will gather with hundreds of concerned Americans to defend the right to vote and ensure that all Americans can participate in our democracy. 
Voting Rights Advocates Settle Long-Running Voter Registration Suit E-mail

MassHealth, EOHHS, and SOC Agree To Remedy NVRA Compliance Problems

June 17, 2015

BOSTON, NEW YORK, and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voting rights advocates and Massachusetts officials announced today that settlements have been reached in a three-year old federal lawsuit regarding the requirement to provide voter registration opportunities to low-income citizens who receive public assistance benefits. 

The lawsuit, filed in May 2012, was brought by New England United for Justice (NEU4J) and the New England Area Conference of the NAACP (NAACP-NEAC) against the Secretary of the Commonwealth (SOC), the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), the Office of Medicaid (MassHealth), and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). It alleged that the state’s public assistance agencies were failing to provide voter registration services that are mandated by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA is the same law that requires voter registration services to be provided when a citizen applies for a driver’s license.
North Carolina in Violation of "Motor Voter" Law E-mail

Voting Rights Groups Call on State to Fix Voter Registration at DMVs, or Face Litigation

June 1, 2015

NEW YORK, RALEIGH, AND WASHINGTON, DC – Attorneys for Action NC, Democracy North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), and several North Carolina residents sent a pre-litigation notice letter today to Kim Strach, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), as well as Secretary of Transportation Anthony Tata and Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Kelly Thomas, alleging that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) is failing to meet its voter registration obligations. 

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), commonly known as “Motor Voter,” requires the DMV to provide voter registration services whenever an individual applies for, renews, or changes their address on a driver’s license or state-issued identification card. DMVs are then required to transmit this information to the appropriate election official within 10 days (or 5 days if a voter registers or changes their information within 5 days of the close of registration).

Today’s letter—sent on behalf of the individuals and voting rights groups by attorneys from Dēmos, Project Vote, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—cites clear evidence that the DMV is violating its legal requirement to provide voter registration services and transmit registration information to election officials.

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